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Something I don't think I actually properly explained: my phone, despite what 3 told me before I left, does not get coverage in North America. I discovered this trying to get the courtesy bus from LAX. Thus, if you have been wondering why I haven't been answering texts, it's not because I'm a bastard (lots of other things are because I'm a bastard, but not that), it's because I ain't got 'em yet. I shall when I hit London Town.

Let's now look at that pseudo-word "ain't". The apostrophe would suggest a contraction of 2 words, the t almost certainly from 'not', and in this context the 'ain' would seem to be a contradiction of a word meaning 'have'. However I know of none that starts with 'ain'. It's like someone plucked 3 letters out of the air. It would be like if I wanted to contract 'should not' and came up with "muzzutn't". If I'm not Snoop Dog (and I'm not) then this is unacceptable.
"Won't" being a contraction of 'will not' is also on notice, all be it for lesser offences.
If anyone has an enlightening account of the etymology of "ain't", I would be most interested (as I am too lazy to gizzoggle it at this time).

Now, I am sorely tempted to write an insightful rant about a certain film concerning a flaming skeleton, but if I do rant about a comic inspired film in a weblog, I become "that guy" (there's another line for that song). I direct you to google that film yourselves too so that you might find an eloquent rant. Instead, I give you this. Alan, brother of mine, I give you licence to act on this. Nay, I demand it.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
Paul.....

1. I have in my possession a piece of paper as proof that you are not a bastard.

2. "ain't". Nonstandard. Contraction of am not.
Usage: Although widely used in colloquial speech, "ain't" is considered nonstandard by educated speakers. It should always be avoided in writing or formal speech, unless you are deliberately to create a humorous effect, or using a fixed phrase like "Things ain't what they used to be."
(also, the 'n' belongs to the 'not')


3. You should know not to give your younger brother ideas when it comes to the dog, he has more than enough of his own!!
paulfraser
Feb. 25th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
'Tis non-standard, but non-standard has a bad habit of becoming mainstream.

However, I applaud the etymological lesson.
prefektionist
Feb. 27th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
hmmm it seems i'm infamous
theonlyh
Feb. 25th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
If you were to rant about the burning skeleton film would it contain the word crap or the statement I want my money back?

I’ve passed on to Mark and Al (more Al than Mark) your request for photos. Apparently there were no crass jokes from Mark as he, like everyone else, was too busy dieing of heat stroke.
paulfraser
Feb. 25th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, the word 'crap' would appear, and yes, refund would be nice.

There are conditions under which Mark is incapable of innuendo? H, I am taken aback.
prefektionist
Feb. 27th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
i think i missed the request u want a tasteless rant or me to find an eloquent one?
paulfraser
Feb. 27th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
No Alan, you must dress the dog up like a bee and send pictures to that website that I linked to.
prefektionist
Feb. 27th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
ahha! challenge accepted
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