[DWJ] Shant

Sally Odgers sodgers at iinet.net.au
Sat Apr 14 22:02:33 EDT 2007


Regarding shan't, sha'n't and shant... is it possible that it is MEANT (in 
this case) to be pronounced "SHANT"? After all, the parent word (shall) uses 
a short a.

Compare "caint", used in dialect along with "ain't" (and what's THAT short 
for? "am not"? "are not"? amn't? (Didn't Heyer use that one?)

I'm always inclined to spell O-oh thus... as the more common oh oh or uh huh 
don't reflect the pronunciationg atall atall.

Sallyo 




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