Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Among vs. Amongst: Say it With an Accent


Debbie writes:
Hi Snarky,

My favorite baseball broadcaster, Jon Miller, loves to say a foul ball fell "in amongst the crowd." He even says it with a mock British accent. Is that like today's post, Toward vs. Towards, in that it's interchangeable with among
Thanks! Love following you on Twitter.

Thanks for asking, Debbie! Among and amongst are, indeed, interchangeable. Amongst is much more common in British English, which is why Miller affects an accent when he says it. (Otherwise, it might sound a tad pretentious to American ears.)

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