Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A First for Me

This morning, we had the air conditioner on. It is nearly 12:30 and the temperature outside has begun to drop. So, I had to cut the heater on. Now, I have lived in the south my entire life, and there have been many days where I have had the heater on in the morning and the air conditioner on in the afternoon. But I cannot recall a day in all my thirty-one years in which the AC came prior to the heater. You have to love this Alabama weather!

Here's a little grammar question. And it's only because I cannot imagine David's teacher, who has been teaching for close to twenty years and is presently writing her dissertation, could possibly be wrong. Anyway - she sent a little memo home on Friday and used the word/words can not. I always thought it was cannot not can not. What sayest thou, oh wise and educated readers?

Oh, one more thing. I really love that the spell check is operational again!!!


Erika said...

I always thought cannot was a compound word and thus used together. I guess you could separate them, but I think it is more recognized together. Like all right and alright, sorta. Then again, it is do not, not donot. ha ha

Erika said...

A ha, I was right.

can·not /ˈkænɒt, kæˈnɒt, kə-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kan-ot, ka-not, kuh-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–verb 1. a form of ·can not.
—Idiom2. cannot but, have no alternative but to: We cannot but choose otherwise.


[Origin: 1350–1400; ME]

—Usage note Cannot is sometimes also spelled can not. The one-word spelling is by far the more common: Interest rates simply cannot continue at their present level. The contraction can't is most common in speech and informal writing. See also can1.

Rebecca said...

Where is Mrs. Norton when you need her? I had no idea!