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Tho, altho

Tho and altho, shortened forms of the conjunctions though and although, have each had a few brief heydays scattered through the history of modern English, but neither has permanently caught on. This could change in the coming years as Textish makes such shortened words more common. For now, though, edited publications prefer though and although to tho and altho, and the shortened forms might be considered out of place in formal writing.

Examples

Tho and altho often appear in informal writing on the web—for example:


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Seriously tho – this is a now a Left Wing v Wrong thing! [comment on Guardian]

Altho I also belive she was humiliated when they switched her team … [comment on Us Magazine]

Yeah You Cute and The Whole 9, But Can You Cook Tho????? [posted on Twitter]

But edited publications tend to use the longer forms—for example:

Though the future of both programs have been in doubt for years, 70 percent of Americans said that Social Security is “extremely” or “very” important. [Politico]

Shelton never printed the remarks in his superb book No Direction Home, although you can read them between the lines. [Telegraph]

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Comments

  1. I don’t agree, I hope Tho catches on and overtakes the use of ‘though’ as ‘though’ sounds like someone is saying ‘through’ or ‘thru’

  2. Dave Lindbergh says:

    I disagree (except for students, who have no choice in the matter).

    All writers have an obligation to help improve the language. “Tho” and “altho” are obviously better spellings; the “ugh” adds nothing except length and confusion.

    Writers ought to use them and help popularize them.

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