minnow at belfry.org.uk
Mon Apr 16 04:57:06 EDT 2007
>> Amn't turns up occasionally in books, but I'm the only person I know
>> sometimes says it. Does this mean that I am not alone and you do it too?
Dorian was informative:
>"Amn't" is the standard contraction of "am not" in most (if not all)
>dialects of Irish English (including Formal Irish English, or whatever you
>want to call our equivalent of RP).
Gosh! And me without a drop of Irish blood in me that we have ever been
able to discover. I wonder why and when I picked it up; it isn't as if
I've spent a lot of time in Ireland any time since the sixties.
Thanks for explaining, I'll stop worrying.
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