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Maybe they're saying "ken." 

"I don't ken...."

Ah hah!  Again from my Sharp electronic dictionary.  The words 'know' and 'can' have the same Indo-European root.

Quoting from the derivation of "ken":

"Old English cennan 'tell, make known,' of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German kennen 'know, be acquainted with,' from an Indo-European root shared by CAN and KNOW...."

(Bolded emphasis added.)

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