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"Aunt" --How do you say it?

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"Aunt" --How do you say it?

Just curious.
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I think "Auntie Em, Auntie Em!" from Wizard of Oz is engrained enough that it's almost always "Ahnt" for me.
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Re: "Aunt" --How do you say it?

Ant. Just like in the Geico ad.

And I also can't make the words "Merry" and "Mary" or "Erin" and "Aaron" sound different either, though I know many can.
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Ant. Just like in the Geico ad.

And I also can't make the words "Merry" and "Mary" or "Erin" and "Aaron" sound different either, though I know many can.
I also pronounce it ant, out of habit, though it makes more sense to pronounce it awnt. As to the second part, I have never heard those words/names pronounced differently. Do you have an example of that, say on Youtube?
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Re: "Aunt" --How do you say it?

Growing up I always heard my dad pronounce it "ain't". But we're from the South & my dad also had an aunt who's first name was Orgy. I had a very confusing childhood.
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Re: "Aunt" --How do you say it?

Ant. Lived in the South my entire life.
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I’ve always pronounced it “ahnt”. Seems right to me with the u in the word. I’ve heard it both ways though.
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Re: "Aunt" --How do you say it?

When I was a child in New England, we were taught to say "ahnt". Then we moved to Texas and found relatives got angry being called "ahnt" and insisted on "ant". Segregation was still on at the time, for the cultural reference. "Auntie" was what one called black women.
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ant, the only correct way
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I think "Auntie Em, Auntie Em!" from Wizard of Oz is engrained enough that it's almost always "Ahnt" for me.
But Dorothy is pronouncing it "ant"
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Both ways! Depending on whom I'm saying it to, and how I've heard them say it before. But, growing up in Calif. I learned it as "ant". I think the most proper pronounciation is "awnt", however.

Just like pronoucing been as "ben" instead of "bEEn" and status properly as "stAtus" instead of "sta-Tus".

My favorite "unlearned" pronounciation: Often is is properly pronouced "Off-en" NOT "of-ten"! I had to unlearn the "of-ten" pronounciation as an adult, once I realized of course that we say "sof-en" and not "sof-ten" for soften.

The sloppiness and slovenliness with which many to most prononce words is absolutely radient! Diction and elocution should still be taught in the schools, but of course aren't. Back in the '70s we still had such a thing as "speech" class in elementary school! As well as "spelling". And damn it, we still had to learn to write cursive well! Yes, our public education dollar sure stretched further in those days.

Sometimes pronounciations we were taught as a kid were actually incorrect and have to be relearned as an adult.

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When I was a child in New England, we were taught to say "ahnt". Then we moved to Texas and found relatives got angry being called "ahnt" and insisted on "ant". Segregation was still on at the time, for the cultural reference. "Auntie" was what one called black women.
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I think "Auntie Em, Auntie Em!" from Wizard of Oz is engrained enough that it's almost always "Ahnt" for me.
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Re: "Aunt" --How do you say it?

Yeah but if you play the first minute of the movie she calls her "Ant". She's really all over the place with it the entire movie.
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I say it the same way I say Audi.
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Yeah but if you play the first minute of the movie she calls her "Ant". She's really all over the place with it the entire movie.
I don't know what you guys are listening to. She is saying ANT-Y in that youtube clip.
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And damn it, we still had to learn to write cursive well!
And this is the real life signature of the youngest member of Congress



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I think "Auntie Em, Auntie Em!" from Wizard of Oz is engrained enough that it's almost always "Ahnt" for me.
Yep!
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But Dorothy is pronouncing it "ant"
What?
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...Dude, that's fake, that's a fake video.
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Interesting, thanks. I have never consciously discerned those nuances. I pronounce them all the same, as far as I know.
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Ahnt is the pretentious way of saying aunt (ant). It probably originated from people not wanting to call a family member an insect.
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And I also can't make the words "Merry" and "Mary" or "Erin" and "Aaron" sound different either, though I know many can.
Thanks to Key and Peele “Aaron” will forever be “Ay-Ay-Ron”.


Oddly enough, when I pronounce “Caribbean” I will pronounce it both ways. If I’m referring to the pirates I’ll say “Care-a-BE-an”. If I’m just referring to it by itself, I’ll say “cur-rib-ean”.
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Re: "Aunt" --How do you say it?

I've always said "ant", but that's just from copying my parent's pronunciation.

Originally Posted by zyzzle View Post
My favorite "unlearned" pronounciation: Often is is properly pronouced "Off-en" NOT "of-ten"! I had to unlearn the "of-ten" pronounciation as an adult, once I realized of course that we say "sof-en" and not "sof-ten" for soften.
Why did you unlearn "often", maybe that's the correct one and we are saying "soften" incorrectly. I pronounce them "of-ten" and "sof-en", because that's just the way English works sometimes.
The sloppiness and slovenliness with which many to most prononce words is absolutely radient!
Sort of like the sloppiness of spelling errors?

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Thanks to Key and Peele “Aaron” will forever be “Ay-Ay-Ron”.
Me too.

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