colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Mon Apr 16 18:22:05 EDT 2007
>> Minnow said...
>>> 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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According to my mother, her father used to say "amn't" - he had no Irish
connections (his father was brought up in Edinburgh but settled in London).
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