Among or Amongst? Amidst or amid? Whilst or while?

Amongst, amidst and whilst are the three most useless words in the English language.

Use among, amid and while instead.

Slowly fading out of use for the last two centuries, for some reason the more pretentious versions of three very simple words has risen in popularity. Read this for a more detailed explanation of why they are unnecessary.

Clarity is always most important.

Less letters, which say the same thing, is always clearer.

  • Among, not amongst.
  • While, not whilst.
  • Amid, not amidst.