- Posted June 29, 2014 by
Ain't......Why ain't ain't considered proper english already?
I’m one of those people who really dislike being corrected on speech…to say the least. My view is that we all come from different backgrounds, cultures and educational levels so as long as you get the meaning of what a person is saying we all should be good to go.
I work with people who have decades of experience in an academic setting who are no doubt more educated than I am. At the same time I work with so many more that probably didn’t get out of high school.
I correct none of them and actually consider it to be rude and in poor taste.
Enter the word ain’t which I was softly corrected on today.
How long must a population realize a word for meaning before those accepted as scholars accept as much? Heck,
if we can acknowledge ebonics we can surely realize a word that has been used for a century +.
Ain't is a contraction for "am not", "is not", "are not", "has not", and "have not" in the common English language vernacular. In some dialects ain’t also used as a contraction of "do not", "does not", and "did not". The usage of ain't is a perennial subject of controversy in English. Ain't is commonly used by many speakers in oral or informal settings, especially in certain regions and dialects. Its usage is often highly stigmatized, and it may be used as a marker of socioeconomic or regional status or education level. Its use is generally considered nonstandard by dictionaries and style guides except when used for rhetorical effect, and it is rarely found in formal written works.
Definition of AIN'T
1: am not : are not : is not
2: have not : has not
3: do not : does not : did not —used in some varieties of Black English
Usage Discussion of AIN'T
Although widely disapproved as nonstandard and more common in the habitual speech of the less educated, ain't in senses 1 and 2 is flourishing in American English. It is used in both speech and writing to catch attention and to gain emphasis
Reporting here on a beautiful day from the golden gulf coast where the fish are jumping in the boat while the women are playing hard to catch. For the cynical, nevermind...Bad joke.