Brown University

The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published

by David Skinner
Picador, September 2013   ISBN: 978-006202749-8
Price: $15.99

"An immensely entertaining history…Skinner manages to transform this somewhat arcane lexicographical dispute into a real page turner…Skinner ably and amusingly captures the hysterical tone of the bitter public quarrel while suggesting that it foreshadowed many of the arguments over values and standards that we’re still fighting about today."

— Associated Press