Originally Posted by ihatetimthomas
brits trying to sound smarter thats all
The language is called 'English', not 'American'. The Brits invented the language ad Americans adapted it (read: dumbed it down), thus creating their own vernacular. How can you say that the Brits are trying to sound smarter?
To answer the question, the words 'amongst' and 'whilst' are older English words that happen to still be used, unlike words like 'thou', 'ye' and 'unto'.