"don't" in written form
Posted by Leanne S on August 06, 1998 at 11:11:35:
In response to she don't , written by Constanza on August 05, 1998 at 12:23:31
] I've found that form in Cecilia, Evelina and some of G. Heyer's books(I think I saw it somewhere in MP but cannot find it now). At first I thought it was a typo, but it happens too often for being one... Is that an old form? Can somebody explain? Please?
This may or may not help, but in the 1740's "don't" was used in the way you suggest in letters, albeit rather casual ones between husband and wife. My source? "Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily and Sarah Lennox" -- a book I think P. Bingham recommmended a whiles back. So far I'm enjoying it immensely.
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