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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:17 PM
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Poll question: Another question, this one is interactive:
Is "Ain't" an accepted bona fide word?

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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:34 PM
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1. Blame The Lexicographers!
Edited on Tue May-25-04 08:34 PM by iamjoy
people use the word (even though it is NOT proper English), lexicographers put it in the dictionary. Then, the uneducated go, "Well, it's in the dictionary so it MUST be acceptable."

And for the love of the earth - it is pronounced NOO-klee-er or NYOO-klee-er. It is not Noo-kyu-ler. But when a nuclear engineer can't even properly pronounce his own profession it give legitimacy to everyone mangling the word.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:54 PM
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3. The English language has always mutated.
Edited on Tue May-25-04 08:55 PM by HypnoToad
From the Bible to 1770s variants, English has changed. Think of the words that replaced "Thoust". "Olde", and "Ye" - originally, they was seen as uneducated too.

Indeed, within 700 years, the word "gay" (which was taken from the French) had acquired no less than SIX meanings (many of which having been given attributes to in the 20th century): Happy, Homosexual, Stupid, Lame, Bright or Lively (e.g. brilliant in color), Licentiousness (hedonism).
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:46 PM
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2. My third grade teacher said....
"ain't" wasn't a word, 'cause it wasn't in the dictionary.

When I looked, guess what? IT **WAS** IN THE DICTIONARY!

Right then & there, spoiled my opinion of authority.
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TroubleMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:55 PM
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4. I dunno...what do Y'ALL think? nt
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:30 PM
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5. If it ain't a word, what is it? nt
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