Interested in Language
Going through a thread I saw "ain't" used in a humorous manner. My question is: is it simply wrong or is it just archaic?
Thank you Birdeen's call. The problem here is that the practical totality of teachers tend to shun it and condemn its use, and now I gather, for no reason. Also course books are quick to show "Isn't/Aren't" but totally exclude "Ain't". I suppose it is only sheer snobbery.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) Birdeen's Call has given us excellent advice.
(2) May I give you my advice?
PLEASE do NOT use it, except when you want to be humorous or
Tom: The boss is a real idiot.
Ralph: Ain't that true!!!
(3) I have no doubt that if you use ain't on a regular basis,
it will kill your career chances. A company would be embarrassed
to be represented by someone who consistently uses ain't.
(4) Of course, we must be very respectful of everyone, including
people who use ain't regularly. We should never say anything that
hurts their feelings, and we should never correct their "mistake."
For such people, it is not a "mistake." But I can assure you that
most people would not be caught dead (as we say) using that
word. In fact, when people DO use that word, the listener usually
smiles or laughs because the listener knows that the speaker is
being humorous/sarcastic on purpose.
Thank you James. What I consider indeed unnaceptable is the usage with other than the first person:
I / you/ she, he, it / we / they ain't
But I quite like it when adequately used, although I tend to avoid it myself. Brainwash, I suppose.
By the way, this thread can be rooted to a funny remark you made, in accordance to the reasons of use you have so well pointed out.
Do you mean other than the second person? You list first person there.
So you find "you ain't" okay but "I ain't" and "he ain't" unacceptable?
Is it just a personal preference or can you say why?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.