Among or Amongst?
Among or Amongst?What is the difference between "among" and "amongst"?
In the UK, the words "among" and "amongst" can be used interchangeably. For example:
- Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of animal desires. (British inventor Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922)
- Truth springs from argument amongst friends. (British philosopher David Hume, 1711-1776)
More about "Among" and "Amongst"The prepositions "among" and "amongst" mean the same as each other. "Among" and "amongst" have the following meanings:
(1) "Surrounded by" or "in the company of"
- I am among my friends.
- Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. (American motivational speaker Les Brown)
- John is now among those who disagree with the CEO.
- Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. (American Poet W.H. Auden, 1907-1973)
- Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. (American writer Jane Wagner) (It is unusual, but not wrong, for an American writer to use "amongst.")
- She is among the bears. ("Among" is similar to between in this meaning. "Between" is used with two things, but "among" is used with three or more things.)
- To put a cat among the pigeons. (This is a common idiom. It means "to cause a stir.")