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wouldn't've

other word formation type contraction; verb
Would not have
 
This semantic change is contraction of the words would, not and have. It has two apostrophes which is currently uncommon in the English language. It is related to would, not and have and its meaning is transparent. The term is used just as a speaker would use “would not have” in a sentence. The speaker coined the term while talking quickly. Saying wouldn’t’ve gets the meaning across much quicker than having to say each sound separately. This shows assimilation because instead of stopping the d, it flows into the n. Also, getting rid of the ha shortens the word. This word is generally used when a speaker has to get his point across quickly.
Etymology : would- from Old English wolde meaning to will. It then became the past tense of will Not- from noht meaning “in no way” Have- from Old English habben meaning to own
Source : “I wouldn’t’ve done that if I knew it was going to turn out like this” (friend, 11/17/08)
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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