I'm currently watching Rurouni Kenshin, and Kenshin says 忝い(かたじけない) a lot to express his gratitude. I looked it up a little and based on this it seems like it's old Samurai language, but I wonder if people use it today with no intention to be Samurai-ish? Sort of like "I appreciate it"?

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    I've seen people use it for comic effect sometimes, but never in any public setting. Dec 22 '14 at 5:38

No. かたじけない is one of the most famous 武士語/サムライ言葉, but it's never used in ordinary conversations today.

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