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Almost by definition, dictionaries don't make front page news. That changed, however, with the 1961 publication of Webster's Third Dictionary. Now largely forgotten and lost in the looms in history, this mammoth volume caused front page ruckuses across the country and, indeed, even in staid old London town. What roused the pundits was the sheer audacity of an enterprise that shamelessly assimilated slang into its formerly august pages. Story of Ain't returns us to the golden yesteryears before texting, sexting, tweets, gaydar, tag hags and tramp stamps, when word arbiters still naively believed that language was a finite, controllable thing. By recreating that bodacious brouhaha, author David Skinner achieves a feat of enviable time travel.