In French, the words 'vieux continent' are often used as a synonym for Europe. While it would be tempting to write 'old continent' in English, I always prefer to translate it by 'Europe', as this is more appropriate, especially if the context doesn't call for anything different. What I want to know is the following: is the term "old continent" often used in English? (personally, I've rarely seen it). Thanks in advance for your insight.