Aunt Pronounced "Ant" , "Awnt" Or "Arent"

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  1. B_bball233223

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    Which do you prefer? Which is correct?
     
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    Being from Texas, it's "Ant" for me. Not sure what it's like anywhere else cause I've never heard anyone refer to their aunt in another state, yet. But I think the proper English pronunciation is "Awnt".
     
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    I grew up saying "ant", but my mother who is from Connecticut says "awnt". One of my friends from Eastern North Carolina, right up on the Virginia border says "awnt" as well, but all my friends here say "ant." Wierd...
     
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    I say aren't which is the most common way. But it depends on your accent.
     
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    Depends which side of the pond I'm on.
     
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    I say 'ant' and I think most Canadians except those from the Maritimes, on the Atlantic coast, say the same thing.
    'Awnt' to me sound pretty high falutin'.
    I don't know that I've ever heard 'arent.'
     
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    My family and myself say ant. We're from WI. I've never heard anyonesay arent before.
     
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    "ARENT" some spots overseas say it that way, pronounced with an "r" in it.
     
  9. Xcuze

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    I think we're gonna see a big national divide on this one. OK I take back what I said about most common. It is in my country anyhow.

    ps; how can ant be the correct saying? the u is there for a reason!
     
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    You forgot the hillbilly "aint."

    I grew up with relatives all over the country. There was AWNT Carole in Virginia, ANT Barbara in New York and AINT Lizzie in Texas.
     
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    different words are derived from different languages so certain letters are silent.
     
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    Don't let Awnt Carole step in the far aints. She'll be yelling piss ants get off me.
     
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    Badump bump.
     
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    Yes, I do know about silent letters :rolleyes: But with this specific word I dont think that it applies. Americans & other have just gotten use to pronouncing it a certain way. But that doesn't make it the correct way. Which is the question after all.
     
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    freedictionary.com says it's a middle english word and pronounced "ant", but who knows.
     
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    I come from Connecticut but lived all over New England, New York State, and now the midwest.

    I grew up saying something more like "Ont" (rhymes with font), but as you move towards Boston it turns into more like "Awnt" (rhymes with haunt).

    These days I still say "Ont", although most of my accent has been flattened out by the midwest.
     
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    Grew up in NY. Always said and heard "ant".
     
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    Same here - I've always just pronounced it "ant"...
     
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    Antie Em, Antie Em!

    Dorothy! Where are you?
     
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