I don't come across them in writing anymore, unless it's poetry.

  • Amusingly, I think that one of the SE auto comments actually uses "whilst"... Something along the lines of "Whilst this may answer the question..."
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 22:32
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    Whilst is far more common in BrE than AmE. Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 22:59
  • @StoneyB I speak AusE and am a Gen Z. I tend to use "whilst". "Whence", however... very outdated I think!
    – Dog Lover
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 8:31

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You don't see them that often, but they are still used occasionally.

From an article published 13 hours ago in Herald and Review:

But no matter whence it came, Sierra's first love has led her to unexpected heights, even before she heads to Lake Land College this month to study animal science.

From an article title this month, in Metro :

"Granit Xhaka pranked by Arsenal players whilst sleeping on team coach" --

  • +1 I took the liberty of putting your links in a more compact form.
    – ab2
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 23:19
  • I would have done that, but I don't know how to.
    – user190075
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 23:25
  • See the answer of @Sue to this Meta question meta.outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/688/…
    – ab2
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 23:29

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