Why do so many people spell while as whilst?

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  • Why do so many people spell while as whilst?


Answer #1 | 23/07 2014 14:38
Both versions are used in the UK and the US as well. They are actually two different words, not the same word spelt differently. They mean the same thing. though. Same thing with "amid" and "amidst".
Answer #2 | 23/07 2014 15:18
Spelling Differences: British vs American
Answer #3 | 23/07 2014 14:31
British and American spelling variations, that's it.
Answer #4 | 23/07 2014 17:12
Because "whilst" can mean "while". The usage is slightly complicated. Some speakers consider "whilst" to mean the same as "while" in all contexts, with "whilst" being rather more formal. "Don't disturb me while/whilst I'm eating." "While/whilst I don't like being disturbed, call me if it's important." Others reserve "whilst" only for the meaning "although" / "whereas": "Don't disturb me while I'm eating." ... OK "Don't disturb me whilst I'm eating." ... not OK Personally, I go for the latter; and I'd never use "whilst" anyway, except in formal writing.

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