[mythtv-users] British vs. American English (was MythTV requires a better name)
mythtv-users2 at dwilga-linux1.amherst.edu
Fri Sep 21 14:52:49 UTC 2007
At 10:15 PM -0600 9/20/07, Robert Johnston wrote:
>Ain't is a contraction of "am not" (I am not amused/I ain't amused).
>It originated from the linguistic abhorrence of "mn't" as a suffix (I
>amn't amused), so the "a" from "am" was expanded into a hard A (Ai)
>and the suffix for an abbreviated not (n't) was added to the end,
>thereby making ain't.
Every once in a while, just to be funny, I use "amn't" in casual
speech. People never really think about how odd it is that this
particular contraction hasn't come into popular use.
Dan Wilga "Ook."
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