[DWJ] Shant

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Mon Apr 16 18:22:05 EDT 2007


Minnow wrote:
>> 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.
>
> Minnow
>
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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).

Colin



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