'tain't

'tain't

or tain't  (tānt)
Nonstandard
Contraction of it ain't.
References in classic literature ?
Tell me 'tain't bu'sted--do, honey, en I'll never forgit you.
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.
Don't want anybody fur to learn the business, 'tain't likely?
Tain't earning now, it's saving does it, you may lay to that.
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.
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).
Chorus) Look out for club gals, dey're de stuff, Dey're out in eb'ry shade; De Coons take first place, 'tain't no bluff, When dey turns out on parade.
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.
Burnett wrong when he scores Little Caesar and High Sierra for "glorifying urban violence and outlawry": 'tain't so; just read 'em.
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.
Well, 'tain't ez you may one er deze yer reg'lar up en down tales, what run crossways.