- couldn't of
- " 'Couldn't of got it without you, Pops/ Parker said" (New Yorker). As a shortened form of "couldn't have," couldrit of does unquestionably avoid the clumsy double contraction couldntve, a form not often seen in print since J. D. Salinger stopped writing. However, I would submit that that does not make it satisfactory. Using the preposition of as a surrogate for ve seems to me simply to be swapping an ungainly form for an illiterate one. If couldnYve is too painful to use, why not simply write couldnt have and allow the readers imagination to supply the appropriate inflection?
Dictionary of troublesome word. Bill Bryson. 2013.