I have a question for principally AmE speakers(because this the english I'm focusing on), I know what ain't stands for and know that is bad grammar, but I would like to know is: what's the frequence that people use ain't, and you, yes you Emotion: big smile, who is answering me, do you use ain't. Ah, and I'm asking about the use in spoken, not written language.

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I dare say I've used it in a couple of posts, just to be contrary.

My paternal grandfather used it all the time. He never spoke about his socio-economic status. (He was too busy working.) He was a yankee farmer, who worked for the railroad full time as a freight handler. He milked 16 cows every morning and evening, delivered milk to customers at night, got in the hay, raised pigs, and gardened enough vegetables to feed six kids and a few indigent relatives. (Didn't have no welfare or social security. - Well, they did have a county "poor farm.")

He used other choice phrases, like "How be ya?," and "I dunno b'what I'll go fishin'."

My mother worked hard to keep us from picking this stuff up.