The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1913 Wednesday, 20 October 2004
From: Debra Murphy <
Date: Tuesday, 19 Oct 2004 11:58:49 -0700
Subject: "Ain't" in Shakespeare?
Friends, someone wrote into the website to ask if I knew any uses of
"ain't" in Shakespeare. Offhand, I couldn't think of any, and an online
search of the plays came up bupkis. Too, my (1960s edition) of the OED
lists the first use of "ain't" in the 18th century. Anyone out there
have reason for me to report otherwise to my questioner? (The person,
BTW, appears to be a documentary film producer.)
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