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Ain'thology: the History and Life of a Taboo Word

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The word ain't is used by speakers of all dialects and sociolects of English. Nonetheless, language critics view ain't as marking speakers as "lazy" or "stupid"; and the educated assume ain't is on its deathbed, used only in cliches. Everyone has an opinion about ain't. Even the grammar-checker in Microsoft Word flags every ain't with a red underscore. But why? Over the past 100 years, only a few articles and sections of books have reviewed the history of ain't or discussed it in dialect contexts. This first book-length ...

Ain'thology: The History and Life of a Taboo Word 2015, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne

ISBN-13: 9781443874502

Unabridged edition