Monday, August 15

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I'm curious why the word won't is not, instead, the word willn't.

-A.Ho-

3 comments:

Fuz said...

"Won't" is a contraction of "woll not," woll coming from the Latin volo, velle (to wish), though there are Teutonic roots for the verb as well. I'd assume, however, that the Teutonic roots may have even had their origin in Latin.

Thank the Oxford English Dictionary and my year of Latin for that tidbit.

A.Ho said...

Sweet. Thanks Fuz. But don't be surprised if you see me use WILL'NT on occasion, you know, for fun.

Fuz said...

Um…no, no you won't As Charlotte Brontë wrote, "That willn't wash" (Shirley, 1849).