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It Ain’t a Word

Have you actually listened to what people talk about on the train? Most of them can be quite dull. They may start out with an interesting hook to draw you in, but you soon realize that they are boring. Of course, once you have tuned them in, it is nearly impossible to tune them out.

One such conversation comes to mind…


“Do you know what really pisses me off?” he asked his seat mate, nudging her with his elbow.

“I don’t really care,” she said.

“People who use the word ain’t. It is not a word.”

She put down her crossword puzzle. “Yes it is,” she explained. “It’s a contraction for am not.”

He was incredulous. “You would not say, ‘It ain’t a word,’ would you?”  Raised eyebrows accompanied his smirk.

“No, I wouldn’t say that, because it is not the proper usage of the word. Saying, ‘It ain’t a word,’ is equivalent to saying ‘It am not a word,’ in which case the verb am does not agree with the subject I.”

He dismissed her with a simple nasal, “Hmmph.” He stewed in silence for a moment, then got the last word in on their conversation: “Well, I do not like contractions anyway. Only lazy people use them.”


I really wish that people who did not have anything interesting to say would sit quietly and just play soduku. If only passengers had mute buttons, we could listen only to those we found entertaining.

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