Monday, November 21, 2005


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."



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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