what exactly "ain't" means?
dictionary says it stands for "am not, have not"
isn't "I ain't got no shoes" double negative then?
The word "ain't" is nonstandard English. It is also used by many native speakers of English.
It's very common slang; and, like a lot of slang, vivid and rich in meaning: somewhat lower-class, thoroughly unsuitable for any formal setting, to be avoided at all costs by people who are learning English, but indispensable in literature and even life, depending on where you find yourself.
Last edited by abaka; 15-Jan-2009 at 00:01.
Ain't it pretty?
So double negatives have thoroughly infiltrated English in every country, even though they make no sense in our grammar: Two wrongs don't make a right, two rights don't make a left, and two negatives don't make a positive.