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    Default old fashioned language

    I am trying to complete some course work which involves letter writing. Please can somebody tell me why in an old fashioned letter people wrote: eg. we are in receipt of your letter of the 13th inst. What does "inst" stand for? I can guess but it would be great to have the official reply. Thank you.

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    Default Re: old fashioned language

    It's an abbreviation of "instant", which once had the meaning of "current". In this context it means "of the current month".

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