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I've always spelt it with an "a". But my friend insists on spelling it with an "o". Is this an acceptable variant?

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Roald Dahl says 'swop places' in Danny the Champion of the World I was very surprised - hence I'm here! – user90516 Sep 6 '14 at 1:03
There is also 'swot', a variant spelling of 'swat'. – GEdgar May 29 at 13:43

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Both the NOAD and the OED report that swop is a variant spelling of swap; the NOAD reports it is chiefly British.

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Interesting, I've never seen that spelling. You learn something new everyday. – Dusty Apr 15 '11 at 14:31
I am British, but if I've ever seen swop, I'd just have assumed it was a spelling mistake. Certainly not what I'd expect from a careful (reasonably educated) writer. NOAD may well be right, but that would be odd because in general if there's a US/UK difference in spelling, the US form is more likely to be phonetic (thanks to the efforts of Webster & such). – FumbleFingers Apr 15 '11 at 14:48
If it's an acceptable variant, I think I'm going to start using it just to have some fun with people! :) – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 15 '11 at 15:43
I remember finding "swop" in print, and later being chastised for copying that spelling. The spelling appeared in a UK children's book; I believe it was "Ging Gang Goolie, It's An Alien" by Bob Wilson. – RJHunter Jun 27 '11 at 6:00

I know that "swop" is a variant, having seen it in manuals and help discussions like this, but I've never seen it used in real life (i.e., in US usage). Looks very UK-ish.

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British people exist in real life too ;-) – StuartQ Jul 25 '14 at 8:29

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