minnow at belfry.org.uk
Tue Apr 17 07:35:10 EDT 2007
Elanor Buchanan went
> I'm an Edinburger, born and bred, and I use amn't a lot when talking.
>Much to the hilarity of an English friend at uni who had never heard it
>before and could not understand why I didn't just say "I'm not". Maybe it
>is a Scottish thing as well as an Irish one?
That might explain where I got it from, then: my father's mother was
Edinburgh born and bred, and my mother was at Edinburgh university, and
although I don't remember either of them saying it they might well have
done. After all, it seemed quite normal to me for many years, so I must
have encountered it when I was quite young. :-)
Don't go doing that! You've just been a nice reassuring presence.
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