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119 "till"/"until" (Word origins - alt.usage.english)




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This article is from the alt.usage.english FAQ, by Mark Israel misrael@scripps.edu with numerous contributions by others.

119 "till"/"until" (Word origins - alt.usage.english)


The conjunction "till" is not a shortening of "until". MWCD10
dates "till" from the 12th century and "until" from the 13th century.
"Until" was a compound, whose first element also survives in "unto",
and whose second element was the ancestor of "till".

The spelling "'til" occurs, but is not standard anywhere.

 

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