Everyone likes to sound pompous every once in a while. If you're one of those ones, and now is one of those whiles, then I'd recommend the following:
- Replace "while" with "whilst". Even better, use it whilst—er, while—speaking out loud.
- Use "one" as an impersonal pronoun. You know, like, "When one finds oneself in the company of the masses, one is prone to turn up one's nose." If you want to come down from your throne, use "you" instead. (Grammar Girl has a more thorough treatment of this topic.)
- Use "amongst". Similar to "whilst", you probably wouldn't use this word amongst your friends.
Have fun snooting!
Addendum: "an historic" should definitely be on the list. That one makes me want to throw up—unless you're English, in which case you're excused.