Submit your question here. Hey Stan, why don't you go back to your ukelele? While I find the Texan insertion of "r" into words where it doesn't belong (i.e., "idear," "drawring") to be annoying, I must point out that American English, in recognizing the existence of the letter "r," has given us one of the world's most unique phonemes: the rotacized r. In England, the word "bird" pronounced "beud," two consonants and a vowel, that's it. Hey CHIMP, I think it is YOU who needs to check the dictionary, you IGNORAMUS.   Report Abuse. Ahnt is also listed in the dictionary (albeit after ant), so ahnt isn't wrong. 14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1, Middle English, from Old French ante, from Latin amita; akin to Old High German amma mother, nurse, Greek amma nurse. AHNT! 20 votes Also in response to IDgaf - I think Londoners pronounce it to rhyme with 'aren't' because they are trying to sound a little posh!!! ", 18 votes Also, for want of a better word, it is an uncreative language, which seeks to retain the spellings of the original languages it borrowed from, rather than derive its own form. But according to me, she and the dictionary are wrong. 26 votes NOT ONE!!! Many of you may recognize this: "Merry Mary Married Hairy Harry." My wife, from the Midwest says 'ant'. Pronunciation of aunts with 1 audio pronunciation, 14 translations, 3 sentences and more for aunts. My father was English, and both sets of grandparents were from England (Yorkshire), and we pronounced the word ahnt. In fact, I can't think of any other words with the 'au' beginning that are pronounced like 'ant'...can anyone? Most (NOT ALL!!!) X. X. I am American. BUT I LIKE IT WHEN I HEAR BLACK PEOPLE ANT (AND SOME DO:). went thru all the comments and gathered few words with 'au'audio audi carauctionaugustauxillaryautumn augmentauthoraudienceauditauditoriumautoauspiciouscaution, see for yourself how they sound.so aunt must sound like 'aunt' and not 'ant'. Finally, I find "ont" mildly annoying but not worth complaining about (except when anonymous on the Internet). However, if I was to visit the place and found myself switching on a TV, i place extreme doubt upon the likelihood of me being faced with an English human, which all seems a little unfair. The only people who pronounce it 'Ont' are members of the aristocracy and the upper classes.   Report Abuse, "BigJock Jan-18-06 6:26PM UK wide, we pronounce it 'ant'.". For myself, sometimes I say ahnt and sometimes I say ant. Sukeshini, I suggest you scroll up and look at the previous posts. Congrats! 'ant' is still the most accepted pronunciation. I don't usually hear the 'ont' pronunciation but I could imagine someone with a posh British accent saying it. Every english speaking country and state I have been to pronounces them one and the same. However, as a result of the unswerving project by the politically-correct lunatic brigade to apparently maintain a multi-cultural society in our once fine nation, it is the case now that every news-reader, tv presenter, weather person, sport commentator etc etc.   Report Abuse. I lived in Rhode Island for a few months, not long enough that I remember anyone saying "ont" instead of "ant," but long enough that I remember a few people saying "con't" instead of can't. I find it strange that it is the only "a u n t" word that is not pronounced phonetically or with emphasis on all of the vowels. In the Northwest part of the states, it's "ant" 99% of the time. Rate the pronunciation difficulty of aunts, {{collections.count?collections.count:0}}, Name already exists! The fact is, most people can. I simply don't see why the 'ant' pronunciation of aunt is the more widely accepted. Didn't you read the post immediately before yours?? on another note, i have always associated "ont" with the new england accent. I grew up in the suburban Midwest (Kansas City aria) and I only heard ah-nt from African-American kids at school. 15 votes “Hey, Bobby, let me ass you?” “Yeah, go ahead.”, 37 votes Well, for those who say ant, how many say it with the same assonance as hat, cat, at... and how many say it with the same vowel sound as care, air, etc.? In the South, such as Victoria, it is a soft sound, and further north, towards the Top End, it becomes stronger, like 'Arnt', Growing up in New England,everyone pronounced aunt "ahnt". They are all pronounced "-aw"nt. 33 votes they're not appreciated here. regardless of how you pronounce anything, it's just retarded to think that being black has anything to do with how you speak. You might want to rethink your pseudonym, too. I insisted that it wasn't a matter of education but a matter of geography. It's all to do with the rising power of England in World War I, along with America and their consequential colonising of other parts of the world, either politically, or culturally, which causes it to be hyper-inclusive of a multitude of languages. For can't, it lists three: can't, "con't," and "cain't" ("especially Southern" it says). Using a small minority's inability to distinguish between two commonly recognized differences in vowel sounds ah- and aw- (just look at every single dictionary) surely cannot be used to justify rejecting the more common pronunciation. Neilbert, you make an interesting observation, but the debate is between "a"nt and "ah"nt. My children have two kinds of female relatives of their parents, "ants" and "onts." In my personal opinion, I am more likely to accept "aunt" ("au" pronounced like the "au" in "flaunt") as the correct pronunciation of the word for the sole purpose that it follows the unvarying, uniform pattern of every other word in the English language that contains the string of letters "aunt". The correct way to pronounce the day segunda feira in Portuguese is.   Permalink Thanks for your vote! In Southeastern Virginia (Tidewater/Hampton Roads Region) For anyone with class or regional linguistic pride, "Aunt" usually sounds like "caught" and "haunt" because of our connection with the original people from England that came in the 1600's. I'm from NJ (I don't speak anything like a New Yorker) I say 'ant' Cal - I cringe when I hear 'ont'I believe the story goes..'ont' being the New England pronunciation. Myself and my roomate disagree. Ha ha! The way I see it is: There is a "u" A+U=O aunt= ont and ant (insent) = ant, but if I hear someone say "ant" i don't "cringe" because i know what they are referring to and that's what communication/language is all about. So how do you say AUDI.. I would, if convinced I was in error, make a concerted effortto change.   Permalink I love the differnet regional dialects. 9 votes Toodles, I wish I had not ever found this webpage... i am from arkansas and i say ont but i am 1 out of a million but i have never said ant, 7 votes Well I agree...Merry Mary...etc., is all pronounced the same. I'm an African American, and yes, I pronounce the word in question as "Ont." Consonants vary minimally from one dialect to the next but mainly it's vowels that distinguish speech forms. R-N-T. The only other people I've heard say it 'ont' mispronounce many common words. Ok, I'm really going to throw a wrench in the works. Delivered to your inbox! Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible). Either way we get sweeties and cakes from our favourite ANTI!!! As a Brit' I think it's time the Americans called their Language something else. Our equivalents in government, unfortunately, do. Subscribe to learn and pronounce a new word each day! Note also, "L," and semivocalic glides "w," "y"). Please do not marry into my family if you are part of the 3% of America that pronounces "aunt" with the same vowel sound as is used in "caught. 11 votes ©2020 CYCLE Interactive, LLC.All Rights Reserved. 'Nip it in the butt' or 'Nip it in the bud'? I am from Sweden, and sadly enough my english is a mish-mash of british english and american english, therefore the pronounciation depends upon the accent of the person whom I'm talking to. It's very hard for people to accept that there may be two right answers, but there, in fact, may be. in Britain is now either Irish or Black, or both, maybe with the odd jock thrown in for good measure, and consequently we are bombarded with such mis-pronunciation on a daily basis. We are not discussing accents here, we are discussing the correct pronunciation. In Virginia (The real one, not West), we say 'ont' because there's a "u" in there. Easy. pants == pi-ance, slacks == sli-akhs etc...). I mean how comes that english seems to be the only language in the world (OK I don’t know about chinese) where you don’t have simple rules to link signs on paper and sounds ?Thanks in advance. Strangely, "Southern" men from the same families say ant. Did you know that less than one percent of the world's languages have this phoneme, the rotacized r? They will grow up confused! :-). See the full definition for aunt in the English Language Learners Dictionary, Nglish: Translation of aunt for Spanish Speakers, Britannica English: Translation of aunt for Arabic Speakers. 57 votes Another cute thing I picked up from my Phillipino friends is the term of endearment "Auntie Baby" (ant-ee bay-bee) referring to your youngest Aunt. they beat it out of them in journalism school. Learn More. My guess is that it's okay to say either. Aunt/Ant doesn't have the same implications I think at least, because it's a much more commonly used expression, and therefore local dialect is acceptable...and by the way, I was therefore, wrong in my disagreement with my wife. here's a challenge - who can find another word in which the "au" is pronounced as "ar"?   Report Abuse, Well I live in the Bay Area in California and I've always said "Ont" but I definitely hear people say "Ant" now and then.   Report Abuse. ", 76 votes However, the majority of people of African decent say "ah-nt" (I'm assuming that's what you mean with "ont").