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It seems like ちと is more polite since I've seen more people use it. Is it true?

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According to 大辞林, ちょっと is derived from ちっと, which is in turn derived from ちと. You can find a tiny bit more discussion on this page. Another similar word is ちょいと. –  snailboat Dec 26 '13 at 17:57
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@OP No, it is not true, period. It is MUCH more common to say ちょっと. –  非回答者 Dec 26 '13 at 22:15

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I disagree that ちと is used more often than ちょっと. Rather than making you sound polite, I think using ちと would just make you sound odd for using such an uncommon word.

ちっと on the other hand is used reasonably often, especially in ちっとも.

If you'd like a more formal version of ちょっと, I think 少し would serve that purpose well in most situations.

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