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The OED says of cannot: "the ordinary modern way of writing can not". Fowler agrees. No one (not noone, the opposite of someone) says when it entered the language.

Personally, I think it looks ugly. I prefer can not (no modern person, I!)

By the way, Fowler claims cannot is pronounced can't.

Marc October 13, 2011, 2:08pm

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