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Chiefly used in British English. Whilst is synonymous with while in standard English, although to many it sounds slightly old-fashioned, and is rare or archaic. In their style guides, modern publications on both sides of the Atlantic deprecate its use (along with "amidst" and "amongst"), for example:
- Times Online Style Guide: [h t t p : // www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2941-583,00.html]: "while (not whilst)"
- Guardian Style Guide: [h ttp :// www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide/page/0,5817,184822,00.html]: "while not whilst"
- Hansard: [htt p:// www.hansard.ca/styleguide.pdf] PDF, the Canadian Parliament record.
- Wouldn't dated be a more accurate descriptionm per our current usage? Even that I'm not convinced. There's some resonable discussion on the wikipedia talk page Nil Einne 15:23, 31 December 2008 (UTC)
I'm not native, but I know it from reltively recent computer games. (GTA Vice City) - So it shouldn't be dated if it's used in a recent, hard slang-using game - I think. Ferike333 15:50, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
The offered pronunciation is, if not incorrect, certainly a minor variant. Whilst is pronounced like "while" with an -st tacked onto the end. This should be corrected. The pronunciation now given would better fit the rarely used "wilst," as in "Wilst thou stop pronouncing whilst incorrectly?" 220.127.116.11 21:08, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
- That is for the verb wilst, not for the conjunction. I've made the correction. --EncycloPetey 21:13, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
And what about /ʍ/ in the beginning? Ferike333 15:50, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
- It might be present in the UK pronunciation, but that sound is rare in the US. Since I live in the US, I can't say for certain, as this is a rare word. --EncycloPetey 15:59, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
- ^ "while" gets 1300 million Google hits compared to the 85 million that "whilst" gets.(Dec. 2006)