When you fellers was his age, you wa'n't dry behind the ears yet.
wa'n't ary a steamboat or ary a trading-post, and we cusses had to
"Say, Miss Pollyanna, do you mean--was you playin' that 'ere game THEN--about my bein' glad I wa'n't
many names left when your mother got through choosin'!
"Was pretty good fight, wa'n't it?" he timidly said.
"Was pretty good fight, wa'n't it?" he began in a small voice, and then he achieved the forti- tude to continue.
Blumenthal's [Flora's], I feel as if the roots o' things wa'n't
goin' to keep nothin' of Egypt on me, an' so I went to the Lord an' asked him to give me a new name.
Besides, I reckon that wa'n't
murder when Marse Prosser kilt old Bundy." (60-61)
Additionally, lexicographers and dialect geographers have by no means been in agreement when it comes to classifying the full form underlying wa'n't
: thus, the New English Dictionary listed wa'n't
and warn't as the negative constructions of nonstandard were (1888: 717), whereas DARE (vol.
goin to keep nothin' of Egypt on me, an 'so I went to the Lord an' asked him to give me a new name.
But don't draw off too suddenly as if you didn't like him--that's worse still [...] There's a medium in all things, and you must just manage it, as if you wa'n't
thinking at all about him, or love, or a husband, or anything [...] But make him speak out, Margaret--get him to say the word, and don't let him be too free until he does [...] He'll be ready for any terms; and look you, when a man's ready, none of your long bargains.