I have heard this song ,"Ain't no party like a chipmunk party" ,there is a negation in the word Ain't itself, why we need to use no after that .Aren't those two negations cancelling out ?


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Indeed, "ain't no" is a double negation and technically not good English.

What you are missing, however, is that the intention of the saying is to be bad grammar. When the double negation of "Ain't no party like a chipmunk party" is being made, there is an irony of an attempt to look uncouth, even though the speaker is aware of the grammatical mistake. It is more of a caricature than a real statement.

In reality, the speaker is voicing a vote for the "coolness" of the chipmunk party, but this is an affectionate connotation rather than a strict literal sense.

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    "Ain't no" is not mere affectation by the majority of folks you use it.
    – horatio
    Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 15:44
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    The Rolling Stones couldn't "get no satisfaction," either. "I can't get any satisfaction" would have been more grammatically correct, but, who knows? That might have made it no higher than #18 on the charts. As Affable Geek says, sometimes double negations work great when being "cool."
    – J.R.
    Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 19:25
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    It's deliberate use of a nonstandard form. It's not an ungrammatical form or a mistake, though.
    – user230
    Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 19:53

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