Sep 6, 2011

Ain't

Ain't is a slang word for isn't or aren't. You often hear it in country songs or hip-hop, and we associate ain't with the old west as well as African American speech.
One current expression I hear when I visit the US, and sometimes read online, is this ain't my first rodeo. A rodeo is an event that has competitions in "cowboy" skills like bull riding. This ain't my first rodeo means that I have experience, that I've done this before. Here's an example:

Bob: Are you sure you're prepared for the presentation?

Kate: This ain't my first rodeo, Bob. Don't worry!

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