Posted by: Jack Henry | February 24, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Wont and Won’t

The other day, my husband and I were driving home from the vet with Buster, and my husband asked me, “Is Buster going to stand during the whole ride, as he is wont to do?” Before I could answer, Ray then asked, “And what about the word wont? What’s that all about?” I quickly found the etymology on my phone and read it to him, but I also thought I’d do a quick article about it since it’s likely to get mixed up with one of our odder contractions, won’t.

Wont is pronounced like want and it means “in the habit of doing something” or “accustomed.” Indeed, Buster is wont to stand in the back of the car with his nose poking out of the window and his eyes searching the world to keep us safe from squirrels.

Won’t is a contraction for will not. Why isn’t the contraction win’t? I have no idea…but I’ll find out and tell you next time!

Buster naps after a day at the park.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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