Ain't: The right time and the right place.

Subject: Ain't: The right time and the right place.
From: Andreas Ramos <andreas -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 1994 10:20:41 -0700

Some people here have insisted that "ain't" is never correct. This ties
in with the general discussion of correct/incorrect grammar, etc.

"Ain't" is incorrect if you are writing a technical manual. The language
should be in standard, written, American English.

If you're down South, however, it is completely proper to use "ain't" in
casual conversation; in fact, to use "isn't" is incorrect. That'll mark
you as an outsider.

Any word is proper in the right context. And improper in the wrong context.

Andreas Ramos, M.A. Heidelberg Sacramento, California

On Fri, 3 Jun 1994, Virginia Krenn wrote:

> This message brings to mind a recent posting that commented on the
> usage of ain't. That posting caused me to wonder if its origin was as
> a contraction of am not as opposed to are not and, if so, why it fell
> into disrepute. Anyone know?

> You are not -- You are n't -- You aren't

> I am not -- I am n't -- I amn't (difficult to pronounce,so) -- I ain't

> ______________________________ Reply Separator _______________________________
> Author: Sally Marquigny <SALLYM -at- MSMAILHQ -dot- NETIMAGE -dot- COM> at SMTP
> Date: 6/3/94 2:33 PM

> That's the REAL reason it's fallen out of use in American English: it ain't
> easy enough!

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