Friday, March 15, 2013

Ain't

Can anybody tell me why "ain't" has an apostrophe?

5 comments:

  1. my guess is it is in the place of the 'o' in not. (like how do not becomes 'don't.) No idea why 'is' is replaced with 'ai' though.

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  2. Well, yeah, it would be in place of the O if it were a true contraction. But as you say, it's not short for "ai not." So is it just me, or couldn't we get along just spelling it "aint"?

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  3. And why "amn't" can't be used :(

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  4. Same goes for "won't" and "shan't". There must be meaning conferred by the apostrophe (i.e that it means "not"). Saves mix ups with "wont".

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  5. Here you go, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain't

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