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    Is Escrow a commonly known word?

    I understand that it is common to use Escrow.com for funds transfer, but I am not sure when I am writing an email and if I mention Escrow, what would the other party think of it.

    I am wondering how common is Escrow in your country? What Escrow site do you use, do you use Escrow.com? Could you give me a rough idea or how many percent of your country know about Escrow?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is Escrow a commonly known word?

    If the person makes financial transactions regularly, they should know the term. I have no idea what percentage of the population know it, but it's not that common a term- Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) has a database of 450 million words and just 418 examples. In newspapers, for instance, I only see the word used in the business/financial pages, and not that frequently. I had not heard of this site and I have never used this system.

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    Re: Is Escrow a commonly known word?

    Not in British English. I know the word because I've heard it in American TV shows and films but I know only that it is related to finance. I don't know what it means though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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