Til, Till or 'Til? Which one should I use if I want to say in a letter:

(Until) next time!

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    Until is historically derived from till, rather than the other way around. That means nothing is omitted in till, so the apostrophe isn't appropriate. (Unless you reinterpret till as an abbreviated form of until, but I think that's perceived as nonstandard.) – snailplane Nov 17 '13 at 16:07
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    I'm surprised this hasn't apparently been asked here on ELL before, but it has been asked on ELU – FumbleFingers Nov 17 '13 at 17:59
  • It is not a question of "should". There is nothing with using the word until. – Tristan Nov 17 '13 at 19:29
  • I suppose it depends on who you ask, but it appears that until surpassed till in the mid-19th century. And til dropped in popularity quite a long time ago. – Giambattista Nov 29 '13 at 3:47

Question is answered by @sbailboat in the comments. "Until" and "till" are both acceptable, as "until" is derived from "till." "Til" and "'til" are incorrect.

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    From the Free Dictionary: thefreedictionary.com/till "Usage Note: Till and until are generally interchangeable in both writing and speech, though as the first word in a sentence until is usually preferred . . ." – Corvus B Feb 23 '16 at 19:15

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