“Amongst”

Preposition. Among. Note: at this point, “amongst”–like “whilst,” “amidst,” and “oftentimes”–is quite prevalent in “unofficial” writing, such as blog posts, Facebook, Twitter, and student writing, but has not yet penetrated the American mainstream. Give it time. “A wicked straight-faced satire of despair and false hope amongst the hip.” (Michael Sragow, The New Yorker, October 10, 1994, capsule review of the film “The New Age”)/”Narcissism an epidemic amongst Millenial students.” (Blog post, March 3, 2011).



8 responses to ““Amongst”

  1. The cited blog post seems to be by someone in Sydney. Can’t he be excused?

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  3. “Amid” doesn’t often sound right.

  4. I see it more and more, but I don’t hear it on radio (NPR). My impression (only my impression) is that it’s becoming more common in the US than in GB.

  5. Whilst, amongst, amidst, are all unusual in Britain,though we do know what it means.

  6. I always assumed that “amongst” and “whilst” were western hemispherical corruptions, harking back to the vaguely recalled residue of how Columbus declaimed over a Big Mac in the Big Apple. There’s something a bit pansy about concatenating -st to the end of perfectly serviceable prepositions.

    Perchance, I’m up the creek?

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