Grammar Rebel: Ain’t

I think I have always been a bit of a grammar rebel.

When I was a kid, we always had fun giggling and laughing about the word, “ain’t”. The Grownups were always saying it wasn’t a real word because it wasn’t in the dictionary.  Ha haaaaa, it was a great day in my life when it made an appearance in the dictionary. I even clipped out the article about how “ain’t” was now a word in the English Dictionary.

Anyone ever go around singing the “Ain’t” song? It went something like this:

“Ain’t ain’t a word and you ain’t supposed to say it, say ain’t five times and you ain’t       gonna get it!”

Of course the best thing about the song was that by the end of it you had said ain’t five times, and since there was no real definition of what the “it” was that we wouldn’t get, we didn’t care that we weren’t going to get “it”.

I still use ain’t. Why? I ain’t got no idea. I just know I like it!

Is anyone else out there an “Ain’t” grammar rebel like me?