Posted by R. Berg on February 24, 2003
In Reply to: Sobeit, albeit and farbeit, dammit! posted by Bookworm on February 24, 2003
: : : Now despite there being absolutely no proof for the existence of "farbeit" as an elision similar to the other two mentioned in the topic, I'm still convinced it does (or did) exist.
: : : If anyone's got a quotation using "farbeit" from a reputable source, I'd feel reassured.
: : I tried tofindit for you, but I gaveitup. Google leads to 200+ "farbeit"s. Those not on German-language pages don't look very reputable.
: If it did exist, I am sure that it is archaic by now. However, I am more than a little surprised that your spelling didn't elicit comment in the past. How did you get away with it for so long? :)
: (I am not sure if the addition of "sobeit" in the subject was for a humorous effect, but (according to Merriam-Webster) it is not a word either).
The OED has "sobeit" and "howbeit."