'tain't

'tain't

or tain't  (tānt)
Nonstandard
Contraction of it ain't.
References in classic literature ?
Don't want anybody fur to learn the business, 'tain't likely?
Well, pretty soon the whole town was there, squirm- ing and scrouging and pushing and shoving to get at the window and have a look, but people that had the places wouldn't give them up, and folks behind them was saying all the time, "Say, now, you've looked enough, you fellows; 'tain't right and 'tain't fair for you to stay thar all the time, and never give nobody a chance; other folks has their rights as well as you.
Tell me 'tain't bu'sted--do, honey, en I'll never forgit you.
Tain't ev'ry man, Miss Carr, ez hev got the pluck to pledge not only what he's got, but what he reckons to git.
Tain't earning now, it's saving does it, you may lay to that.
Tain't every married women'd tackle a strange horse that way, especially if she'd never ben on one.
She says it's easy ter tell life-long invalids how ter be glad, but 'tain't the same thing when you're the life-long invalid yerself, an' have ter try ter do it" (Porter 178-79).
The band, as ever, was in tremendous form, generating a huge sound for a seven-piece in such numbers as the secondhalf opener 'Tain't Nobody's Business.
Her will-to-power is also well perceived by the Eatonville community: in a porch talk, for instance, Walter Thomas exclaims: "Aw, 'tain't you, Pearson.
Elsewhere, a Securities and Exchange Commission executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, contradicted the report and said, "Naw, 'tain't so.
Twenty foot-pounds 'tain't nothin' if you are a working person and you are seriously doing something.
You big-bellies round here and put out a lot of brag, but 'tain't nothin' to it, but yo' big voice.