Mayn’t = may not.

I just invented a new word.

It’s what I do.


5 thoughts on “Mayn’t.

  1. Andy Mckay says:

    I was always partial to the British Shan’t = Shall not
    Or my Irish relations Amn’t = Am not 🙂

  2. I have always loved “shan’t”. Solid word.

  3. greg g49 says:

    Beginning Sonnet 73, surely the Bard could have as profitably writ:

    “That season thou mayn’t fail in me behold”

    As what actually flow’d fromme hith true inspir’d penne, if only he’d had your word at his disposal….. 🙂

  4. I think the Scots sometimes use “mayn’t”, and certainly use “amn’t”, which when you think it’s a contraction of the proper form “I am not” is perfectly sensible!

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