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Wont vs won’t

Wont describes a usual behavior, a habitual behavior, to become used to a habitual behavior. Wont may be used as a noun, adjective or verb. Wont comes from the Old English gewunod in the past participle, wunian, which means to dwell, to become accustomed.

Won’t is a contraction of will not. The word won’t appears in the mid-1400s as wynnot, it morphs into wonnot in the 1580s and took its current form as won’t in the 1660s.


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Examples

The crooning superhero promised, as is his wont, to Make America Great Again. (Newsweek)

As is his wont, Netanyahu hid behind his personal status — “as the father of a soldier” — to tell the father of the homicide suspect that he “understand[s your] distress.”  (Haaretz)

Over the weekend, he took to Twitter, as is his wont, to reveal his plan: “No more fashion calendar… I’m going Mad Max… 6 collections a year…3 albums a year,” he wrote. (The New York Times)

The India captain, as is his wont, sprang a surprise by tossing the ball to Kohli and the part-time dibbly-dobbler struck immediately, dismissing the dangerous Johnson Charles (52) with his first delivery and ending a 97-run partnership. (The Daily News & Analysis)

Root, as his wont, embodied the fighting spirit, hitherto unknown in the English ranks in coloured clothing, and held the team at one end by smashing boundaries at regular intervals, but once Buttler was snapped by Bravo, the fightback lost some of its fizz. (The Mumbai Mirror)

N.W.A will reunite at their induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday, but they won’t be performing, says Ice Cube. (USA Today)

A former peanut company executive serving a 28-year prison sentence won’t have to pay money to victims of a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to his Georgia plant. (The Minneapolis Star Tribune)

 

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