Monday, November 21, 2005

Aunt

So is "aunt" pronounced ant, or awnt, or ahnt? I say ant. Though you may say tomahto. ;-)

Ant, Awnt, Ahnt. Is there any other word in English which has three common and accepted pronunciations?

In fact, there may be a fourth pronunciation of "aunt": I seem to recall, on the old Andy Griffith show of my childhood, Aunt Bea being called "Ain't Bee."

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Blogger Caltechgirl said...

then there's also the little known southern version, pronounced "hant". In this case the h is invisible, rather than silent. ;)

Monday, November 21, 2005 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous urthshu said...

Only 5 ernts?

Monday, November 21, 2005 8:18:00 PM  

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