wont vs won’t : Common Errors in English

About wont vs won’t

People often leave the apostrophe out of “won’t,” meaning “will not.” “Wont” is a completely different and rarely used word meaning “habitual custom.” Perhaps people are reluctant to believe this is a contraction because it doesn’t make obvious sense like “cannot” being contracted to “can’t.” The Oxford English Dictionary suggests that “won’t” is a contraction of a nonstandard form: “woll not.”Quite a few confused folks substitute “want” for “wont,” leading to mangled expressions such as “such is my want.”

wont Meaning(s)

  • (n) an established custom

wont in News

  1. W.Va. Radio demands WVU disqualify IMG as bidder

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia Radio Corp. says it wont bid on a contract for multimedia rights to some West Virginia University athletic events. But it still wants the previous winner -- North Carolina-based IMG College -- disqualified. WVU officials ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Charleston Gazette

  2. State senator opts out of Congressional race

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Sen. Bill Cole, R-Mercer, said Wednesday he wont challenge U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., for the third congressional district seat in 2014. "Really, its been something Ive been struggling back and forth with for...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Charleston Daily Mail

  3. USGA must enforce pace of play at 2013 U.S. Open, says Annika Sorenstam

    Annika Sorenstam has a starring role in the “Caddyshack”-inspired “ While We’re Young” campaign that the USGA launched on Wednesday, the eve of the U.S. Open. Now, the LPGA Tour Hall of Famer expects golf’s governing body to practice what it preaches if slow players clog up the fairways at Merion as they are wont do do during major championships. “The USGA [has] to kind of follow through because ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: SB Nation

won’t in News

  1. Sullivan: Jets won't make snap decision in QB battle

    Sanchez versus Smith is shaping into a heck of a fight. Sanchez might be more ready now, but quarterbacks coach David Lee isn’t sure Smith won’t be better by September.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Record

  2. Berlin won't migrate to open source, looks to open standards instead

    The German city-state of Berlin won’t migrate to open source software. Instead, its parliament decided in principle to choose workplace IT based on open standards. Berlin’s Green party had proposed to have 25 percent of its standardized IT workplaces running open source software by 2018, according to the proposal that was voted down by the state parliament on Monday. It is the second time the ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PC World

  3. Debbie Rowe Won’t Seek Guardianship Of Paris Jackson After Suicide Attempt

    Debbie Rowe won’t seek guardianship of her daughter Paris Jackson after the 15-year-old suicide attempt last week. After a judge ordered an inquiry into Paris Jackson’s welfare, reports said that Debbie Rowe wanted guardianship instead of the girl’s grandmother, Katherine Jackson. But a source close to the family told the New York Daily News that [...] Debbie Rowe Won’t Seek Guardianship Of ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

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