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    That just ain't so

    "That just ain't so" - what's the meaning of it?

    I know ain't = isn't/aren't, but I'm still having a hard time understanding this expression.

    "that's just ain't so (what, good, bad?)"

    Can you give an exemplary sentence?

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    #2

    Re: That just ain't so

    I said "The sun comes up at night."
    He said "That just ain't so!"

    It is not true.
    Or
    I do not believe you.


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    Re: That just ain't so

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: That just ain't so

    I think 'it just ain't so' started life as an Am English idiom; I first became aware of it in the mid-50s, in the lyrics of the song Cock-eyed Optimist, and I think even now Br English people who use it are either pretending to be American or putting on a show of American-ness for some effect.

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