"Ain't", Plural?

A random query from Alyssa’s spot:

One of the reasons I’m as obsessed with pop culture as I am is that I grew up somewhat isolated from it. My didn’t have a television for much of my childhood, so I missed things like Saved by the Bell and The Simpsons almost entirely (It made Turn Off the TV Week sooooo much easier. My sister and I smoked that contest like it wasn’t no thang [query: is there a past form of “ain’t”? plural?]. )

I love  the structure of colloquial language (and Ebonics in particular) but  this one has me stumped. My first thought was how this doesn’t read so well; if spoken you’d drop the “s” and say “wudn’t.” But that would look kinda janky if it was written down: “like it wudn’t a thing.”

Thoughts on her “ain’t” question?



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • Grump

    “wuhn’t”….a thang

  • ladyfresh

    oddly i think the sentence would be

    ‘like it wasn’t nuthing’

  • I’ve heard “warn’t” used, though “wasn’t nuthing” seems a lot more common (depending upon what part of the country you’re in).

  • quadmoniker

    It’s warn’t. It’s really weren’t, but people say warn’t.

  • twern’t.

  • pinkpicnic@

    Mississippi girl here, putting my vote in for wern’t.