When I was a kid, nobody in my house said the word ain’t. In a way, the word ain’t was worse than profanity. I heard my parents say other inappropriate words like the F-word, and the Shhhhhhh-word and the word that rhymes with Mod-Gammit, but I never heard my parents say ain’t.
I think I said ain’t a couple times and was corrected, but I didn’t get my mouth washed out with soap for saying ain’t. I got my mouth washed out for saying other words, so in that regard, ain’t wasn’t worse than profanity. I just knew not to say it.
In elementary school, I had a friend who used to say, “Ain’t ain’t a word, so you ain’t s’posed to say it three times a day cuz it ain’t proper.”
The humor in that statement was that the word ain’t was…
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