Ain’t



Nonstandard except in some dialects. am not; are not; is not.
Nonstandard. have not; has not; do not; does not; did not.
contraction
am not, is not, are not, have not, or has not: I ain’t seen it

1706, originally a contraction of am not, and in proper use with that sense until it began to be used as a generic contraction for are not, is not, etc., in early 19c. Cockney dialect of London; popularized by representations of this in Dickens, etc., which led to the word being banished from correct English.

negation

Something or someone emphatically is not Said as a wry and intensive negator in a comparative statement: My joint? Buckingham palace it ain’t/ Well, she sings OK, but Barbra Streisand she ain’t

[perhaps fr a Yiddish syntactic pattern]

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