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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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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
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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
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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
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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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