>In a message dated 11/10/2005 4:28:22 PM Central Standard Time,
>>I know a retired college professor that insists "ain't" isn't a word too
>>but it's in common use, therefore it is a word, no matter what the
>LOL. My fourth grade teacher used to say "Ain't ain't in the dictionary so
>ain't ain't a word." Well, guess what? (Hint: look in your dictionary)
While this is completely off-topic, it's within my range of knowledge.
"Ain't" does appear in most dictionaries today, because it's come into
common usage in most circles. Lexicographers are notoriously slow to
include improper usage and/or slang because meanings change over time.
My favorite in this regard (I actually had to find the definition for
this for a graduate research course) is "lounge lizard." Today, it's a
common slang term for a bad Las Vegas lounge act (or for fans of such),
but in the `20s, it described a certain type of fellow who hung around
the lobbies of women's hotels, looking for ladies of whom to take
"Ain't" wasn't always in the dictionary, but it is now.
Michael D. Porter
Never let anyone drive you crazy when you know it's within walking distance....
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