Re: In love with a word

Subject: Re: In love with a word
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Kevin Amery <kevin -dot- amery -at- sympatico -dot- ca>
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 20:06:50 -0500

Kevin Amery wrote:

"To me, till is the incorrect form of until. I cannot come up with an
instance where I'd use till instead of until."

I would agree. I might use 'til in fiction as part of dialog or in *very*
informal communication (instant messenger or email between friends for
example) but I would never use it in technical writing or formal
Until next time....
Kevin Amery

And yet...and yet...let's see what AHD has to say on the matter:

till 2 Pronunciation (tl)
[Middle English, from Old English til, from Old Norse.]
Usage Note: Till and until are generally interchangeable in both writing and speech, though as the first word in a sentence until is usually preferred: Until you get that paper written, don't even think about going to the movies.·Till is actually the older word, with until having been formed by the addition to it of the prefix un-, meaning "up to." In the 18th century the spelling 'till became fashionable, as if till were a shortened form of until. Although 'till is now nonstandard, 'til is sometimes used in this way and is considered acceptable, though it is etymologically incorrect.


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