I recently read a blog by Grammar girl that educated us on when, where and how the word “ain’t” came to be. One of the things I thought was interesting is that “ain’t” is actually in the dictionary. She says in her blog, though, that the only time it is ever really acceptable to use the word is in comedic context or when saying it in a quote. Other than that, it is just plain wrong. I was surprised to find out, too, that it is used as a conjugation of either the words “am I not” or “aren’t I.” I never knew what words it was technically replacing. The best option though, which is also the better option of the three, is the phrase: “isn’t that so.”
This blog was not only about the word “ain’t;” there were other conjugations that people get wrong. One of those was the word, “could’ve.” It is actually incorrect to pronounce it like “could-of.” Instead, it is supposed to be pronounced has “could-have.”
Isn’t it interesting that English gets adapted in a certain way? There are probably a plethora of words that are misused on a daily basis but yet they go unnoticed because it is such an adopted error. I would like to find out more words that people misuse; maybe I misuse them too! Does anyone have an idea as to what those words could be?