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.)
    – user230
    Nov 17, 2013 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 Nov 17, 2013 at 17:59
  • It is not a question of "should". There is nothing with using the word until.
    – Tristan
    Nov 17, 2013 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. Nov 29, 2013 at 3:47

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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 . . ."
    – Mark G B
    Feb 23, 2016 at 19:15

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