Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Goodbye ain't

From this day forward, effectively immediately (or whenever I start feeling like it), I am hereby removing the word "ain't" from my vocabulary. It's going to be difficult to let go of, since I love saying it so much, but my wife asked me nicely to stop saying it and so I had to acquiesce, mainly because I couldn't come up with a compelling reason why I should keep saying it. I don't know whether she's opposed to the word on principle or if she just doesn't like it when I say it. She said to me "You're not Huckleberry Finn", and I just can't argue with that point.

So goodbye, ain't. You were fun and ungrammatical. It's going to be hard singing along to every pop song that I love and having to correct the lyrics, but it is a necessary commitment.


Wendy McMillan said...

I feel so honored for inspiring this post. You may not be Huckleberry Finn but you may go on pretending you are in a rap video and use "ain't" when you sing or rap under your breath when you think I can't hear you.

Austin said...

i don't see what the big deal is, but i don't spend every day with you so i could see how gratuitous use of the archaic conjunction could become grating.

and let me be the first to say that "Ain't" is NOT the worst bit of slang one could've picked up from Huckleberry Finn. Just ask his friend Jim.