1. von Hindengburg says:

    My 4yo has somehow developed the contraction “amn’t” (am not). While I’ve a bad habit of contracting words (including use of the title obscenity), neither I, nor my wife, nor anyone who has regular contact with my daughter uses this phrase. I don’t know what to do! It’s a perfectly understandable and quite charming word, but it might well come off as a bit yokelish later on. It is, of course, completely unacceptable that a person should say “I amn’t”, rather than the far more formal and stately “I’m not”.

    • Dr. Boli says:

      Or the perfectly correct “I ain’t,” “ain’t” being the regular contraction for “am not” until nineteenth-century schoolmarms ran amuck through the language.

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