questionshow do you pronounce "aunt"?

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"Aunt" is definitely "ant". "Auntie" changes that to "änty", though.

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@lotsofgoats: Same for me, although I sometimes use the latter pronounciation for aunt randomly, especially if the first name starts with a vowel. But most often it is "ant."
EDIT - I wonder if accent or region has an impact. I'm a Jersey girl without a strong Jersey accent (south Jersey that's why), influenced by my mom with a strong southern accent.

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@mkdr: I think that "auntie" is generally a regionally southern term. I only use it for non-relatives, personally.

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@lotsofgoats: Didn't consider "auntie", since I don't think I ever use it. But, when I say it say änt-ee.

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I think it is a regional thing, although it may be the region your parent/grand parents are from.

I grew up outside of Detroit and I've always said "ant", which means I can make the joke about not being stepped on. It's kinda funny...the first time.
My nephews also say "ant", but both their parents are from Michigan, so they also say "pop" and cheer for the Red Wings.

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@lotsofgoats: same for me as well, except I don't use auntie

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"Ant." With a big honking flat midwestern A.

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Same problem here..

I have a habit of saying on-ion rather than un-ion for onion.

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ant (like the insect).
We occasionally refer to my wife as antie for the little kids, but otherwise no.

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Now I say "ant," but that's Jersey. My Jersey isn't too strong but I'm stuck w/ draws (the underwear and place to put said underwear) & chawclate. I'm sure other things pop out, but those are easy to hear.

@mkdr: It's a regional thing...but being South Jersey you may have some fun Phillyisms like wooder, hoagie and the weird long O of home, phone & bone.

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I have always said ant. I have always looked at people weird when they say it the other way.

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I say it mostly like ant, but with a little softer a. Sometimes I say änt, but I always say anty.

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I always pronounce the "u". Otherwise I just think of ants.

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Insect, but my wife pronounces it the other way. Leads to some confusion.

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Weird, I pronounce it "awnt", when I talk about them to people, but when I address them directly, I call them "N.T.".

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I pronounce it ant, but I realize it should be aunt.

Saying aunt makes me feel like a pretentious douchebag.

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I tell my kids, your Aunts live in Connecticut with your Uncle, Ants live in the ground in the backyard

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I say ont. Webster isn't much help in this regard: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aunt
The pronounciation it gives is ant, but the "rhymes with" all rhyme with ont...well, which is it?

My parents are from Montana, and I grew up in Arizona.

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Oddly enough, it depends on their given name me. I say änt Ada, but ant Jeanie.

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Awnt- it makes me feel slightly British and the other way of pronouncing it makes me think of ants.

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Somewhere between "ant" and "ain't" depending on how much I like said aunt. The more I like her, the more it goes towards sounding like "ain't."

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Ain't or Tante depending of where they were from.

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I always say Auntie, as in on-tee. :) Although, now that I think about it, the one aunt I'm not crazy about, I refer to as my Aunt insert name here instead of Auntie. Hmm. All my aunts' names begin with consonants, so I'm not sure if I'd pronounce it different otherwise.

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Ant like the bug. We use Auntie with the first name to reference Aunts when our kids are little and then it shortens to Aunt once the kids are older.

So I'm Auntie right now to my 2 year old niece but Aunt to my 13 year old niece.

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Depends on the aunt. Margie was always Auntie (pronounce the u) Margie when I was younger, then Aunt (still pronounce the u) when I was older. Birgit, from Germany, is Tante Birgit. My husband always calls his aunts "ants," so when referring to them, I drop the u.

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Ant with no auntie. South checking in here.

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Ah-nt. We aren't bugs, and neither are they. Aunt: Au = Ah when pronounced. At most Aw, so it would be Awnt. Ant is not an acceptable way to say this word. >_< Just like Sorry is not pronounced Sarry, So-or-ree. Not sa-are-ree.

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Aunt and ant are homophones to me.

Whenever I hear the theme to The Pink Panther, I suspect the uncle of foul play.