Ain't Slang Term

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The English language is a rather complex and has a wide range of words. We not only adopt the foreign languages, but also incorporate various slang terms into our vocabulary. Every word has an origin of where it originated from and a story behind of how the word came to be, along with its meaning. Throughout history, words tend to adapt and change the way they are used and even the way we pronounce them. At the end of the eighteenth century, the word “ain’t” arose from the contracted verb forms such as “can’t”, “won’t”, and “don’t”. “Ain’t” was structured from the word “an’t”, which got its ending of “n’t”, the abbreviated form of not. It was first used in 1695 in an English Restoration play write when William Congreve wrote “I can hear you farther off, I an't deaf.” Implying that he was using a contraction of ‘am not’, is where “an’t” came from. The slang term of “an’t” quickly adapted and by 1778 the first use of the word “ain’t” was used in print. It has continued to be used in writing, even by famous writers such as Charles Dickens in Book the Second of Little Dorrit; "I guessed it was you, Mr Pancks," said she, "for it's quite your regular night; ain't it?” In present day, “ain’t” is a slang term used meaning am not, have not, is not, and even will not. When we hear the word “ain’t” we think of the slang used in the Deep South during the late 1800’s, which is a true assumption, used by mostly African Americans. Today, we see it used mostly by children and teenagers. Most adults refrain from using the term because they feel it is incorrect grammar and not an actual word. Teenagers may use the word in many different ways such as “I ain’t going to the store”, “I ain’t hungry anymore”, or “That ain’t right.” However, this word can be used incorrectly in a sentence, for example: “I ain’t got no more money”, or “I ain’t never had your scarf”. These
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