Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
On the periphery, tents pitched under overpasses cant against the dirty wind.
We digs our own water hole, and unfortunately we cant share it any.
And as to your cant of living single, nobody will believe you.
I cant see anything but defeat and a second place on the ticket.
In the cant of modern metaphysics, the moment was psychological.
Then its his maddening indifference that I cant forgive him.
But we cant leave him to his fate, in this fashion, said Altamont.
He looked at her, Betsy says to me, as if he was sayin I cant stand that!
He must be told in the end, for we cant leave him here alone.
"insincere talk," 1709, earlier it was slang for "whining of beggars" (1640s), from the verb in this sense (1560s), from Old North French canter (Old French chanter) "to sing, chant," from Latin cantare, frequentative of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Sense in English developed after 1680 to mean the jargon of criminals and vagabonds, thence applied contemptuously by any sect or school to the phraseology of its rival.
... Slang is universal, whilst Cant is restricted in usage to certain classes of the community: thieves, vagrom men, and -- well, their associates. ... Slang boasts a quasi-respectability denied to Cant, though Cant is frequently more enduring, its use continuing without variation of meaning for many generations. [John S. Farmer, Forewords to "Musa Pedestris," 1896]
"slope, slant," late 14c., Scottish, "edge, brink," from Old North French cant "corner" (perhaps via Middle Low German kante or Middle Dutch kant), from Vulgar Latin *canthus, from Latin cantus "iron tire of a wheel," possibly from a Celtic word meaning "rim of wheel, edge" (cf. Welsh cant "bordering of a circle, tire, edge," Breton cant "circle"), from PIE *kam-bo- "corner, bend," from root *kemb- "to bend, turn, change" (cf. Greek kanthos "corner of the eye," Russian kutu "corner").