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Posted: 9/7/2010 3:39:18 AM EDT
Soon is poll.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:39:41 AM EDT
Ant
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:40:15 AM EDT
Like it's spelled.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:40:19 AM EDT
Ant
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:40:42 AM EDT
Ant.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:41:33 AM EDT
ant
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:41:34 AM EDT
I say it like "ant". I've noticed most white people say "ant" and most black people say "awnt". No idea why.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:46:33 AM EDT
I think all of you who pronounce it "ant" are weird, but I guess there are a lot of you.

Here is a map.

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_1.html

"Ahnt"


"Ant"
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:54:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Naf:
I think all of you who pronounce it "ant" are weird, but I guess there are a lot of you.



I think you should ignore us and just keep saying it the way you say it. Makes you easier to pick out.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:06:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Naf:
I think all of you who pronounce it "ant" are weird, but I guess there are a lot of you.



I think you should ignore us and just keep saying it the way you say it. Makes you easier to pick out.


Oh, don't worry about that. I say wicked and use other New England colloquialisms often enough to make that not too difficult.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:08:08 AM EDT
I say both.

I have an Ant Janet and an Ahnt Lorraine. Maybe I'm just weird.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:08:43 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:08:46 AM EDT
ant/tante
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:19:14 AM EDT
Come to think of it, I say both. It really depends on who I'm talking to, I guess. I was taught "awnt" though.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:36:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:37:59 AM EDT
Correctly.

How do you pronounce automatic? author? autism? audacity?

Why would you switch to "ant" when it's clearly "aunt".

Your "ant" probably worshed your clothes, eh?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:42:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
Correctly.

How do you pronounce automatic? author? autism? audacity?

Why would you switch to "ant" when it's clearly "aunt".

Your "ant" probably worshed your clothes, eh?



It's called an idiom, and the English language is replete with them.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:42:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Naf:

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Naf:
I think all of you who pronounce it "ant" are weird, but I guess there are a lot of you.



I think you should ignore us and just keep saying it the way you say it. Makes you easier to pick out.


Oh, don't worry about that. I say wicked and use other New England colloquialisms often enough to make that not too difficult.



How do you pronounce "yolk" as in the yellow stuff in an egg? We've got a yankee up at work and had this discussion the other day and I'd like to compare.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:44:32 AM EDT
Actually, I pronounce it "ant", but when using it with a name, I say "ain't".

"ain't" Jane is my "ant".

Also, we smash the ain't to the name. Like "ain'tjane".

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:44:38 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:49:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 6:26:15 AM EDT by Naf]

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Naf:

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Naf:
I think all of you who pronounce it "ant" are weird, but I guess there are a lot of you.



I think you should ignore us and just keep saying it the way you say it. Makes you easier to pick out.


Oh, don't worry about that. I say wicked and use other New England colloquialisms often enough to make that not too difficult.



How do you pronounce "yolk" as in the yellow stuff in an egg? We've got a yankee up at work and had this discussion the other day and I'd like to compare.

I have always pronounced it "yok" (like folk or coke, but with a y). How do you say it?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:08:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DangerDave:
Soon is poll.

I pronounce it it as Tia "Tee Ah". I'm Spanish and my family is Cuban. We speak still speak spanish even though we all speak English perfectly. Why? Because Aunt sounds like a bug.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:10:10 AM EDT
ain't
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:15:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:15:40 AM EDT
ant
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:22:31 AM EDT
Hormiga
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:24:02 AM EDT
The U is silent.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:25:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 5:27:54 AM EDT by Penguin_101]
Originally Posted By Pacodutaco:
A dictionary is your friend:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aunt?&qsrc=


Did you even click the thing that says it for you?

ETA: Reading on... they used a whole lot of words to say what we already know:


—Pronunciation note
The usual vowel of aunt in the United States is the /æ/ Show Spelled[a] Show IPA of rant except in New England and eastern Virginia, where it is commonly the “New England broad a, ” a vowel similar to French /a/[a] and having a quality between the /æ/[a] of hat and the /ɑ/[ah] of car. The vowel /ɑ/[ah] itself is also used. In New England and eastern Virginia /ɑ/[ah] or the /a/[a]-like sound occur in aunt in the speech of all social groups, even where a “broad a ” is not used in words like dance and laugh. Elsewhere, the “broader” a is chiefly an educated pronunciation, fostered by the schools with only partial success (“Your relative isn't an insect, is she?”), and is sometimes regarded as an affectation. Aunt with the vowel of paint is chiefly South Midland United States and is limited to folk speech.
The /æ/[a] pronunciation of aunt was brought to America before British English developed the /ɑ/[ah] in such words as aunt, dance, and laugh. In American English, /ɑ/[ah] is most common in the areas that maintained the closest cultural ties with England after the /ɑ/[ah] pronunciation developed there in these words.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:29:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Naf:

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Naf:
I think all of you who pronounce it "ant" are weird, but I guess there are a lot of you.



I think you should ignore us and just keep saying it the way you say it. Makes you easier to pick out.


Oh, don't worry about that. I say wicked and use other New England colloquialisms often enough to make that not too difficult.



How do you pronounce "yolk" as in the yellow stuff in an egg? We've got a yankee up at work and had this discussion the other day and I'd like to compare.


I say "yoke". Also say ant.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:29:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DangerDave:
Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
Correctly.

How do you pronounce automatic? author? autism? audacity?

Why would you switch to "ant" when it's clearly "aunt".

Your "ant" probably worshed your clothes, eh?



It's called an idiom, and the English language is replete with them.

It is the way Americans speak it. It's laziness. This is one area the Brits have us. They speak English properly (at least moreso than we).

They pronounce been as seen. Again is the same as gain ,as it should be. Boot, loot, foot and roof all have the proper oo sound as in boo.

The real problems come from words of different origins and therefore different pronuciations. We homeschool. It becomes blatently how mess up English is when you are trying to teach a first grader that "comb" and "tomb" while looking just alike actually sound differently. But why daddy? Just because....

Since when is "just because" an acceptable answer. 2+2+4 "just because?"


For the record, I also pronounce the "L" in yolk, folk, polk. I say woLf not woof. I also can't stand when people leave out the "L" in old, cold, bold. You're making different words, there. Ode, code, bode.

Another ( that aggrevates me) is idiots who pronounce "ing" as "een" . Skying becomse skeen which is a sheaf of yarn, not an activity on a snowy slope.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:29:40 AM EDT
I say "awnt" but refer to my aunts as "Ant-ee". My wife likes to highlight the anomaly.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:31:54 AM EDT
I pronounce it correctly.

"Awnt".

My female relatives are not insects.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:33:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 5:33:39 AM EDT by Tim_the_enchanter]
Around here, only blacks use awnt.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:37:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By rebelmark:
Ant


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:57:56 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:

Originally Posted By DangerDave:
Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
Correctly.

How do you pronounce automatic? author? autism? audacity?

Why would you switch to "ant" when it's clearly "aunt".

Your "ant" probably worshed your clothes, eh?



It's called an idiom, and the English language is replete with them.

It is the way Americans speak it. It's laziness. This is one area the Brits have us. They speak English properly (at least moreso than we).

They pronounce been as seen. Again is the same as gain ,as it should be. Boot, loot, foot and roof all have the proper oo sound as in boo.

The real problems come from words of different origins and therefore different pronuciations. We homeschool. It becomes blatently how mess up English is when you are trying to teach a first grader that "comb" and "tomb" while looking just alike actually sound differently. But why daddy? Just because....

Since when is "just because" an acceptable answer. 2+2+4 "just because?"


For the record, I also pronounce the "L" in yolk, folk, polk. I say woLf not woof. I also can't stand when people leave out the "L" in old, cold, bold. You're making different words, there. Ode, code, bode.

Another ( that aggrevates me) is idiots who pronounce "ing" as "een" . Skying becomse skeen which is a sheaf of yarn, not an activity on a snowy slope.


You don't speak or spell very well.

Brits don't speak English well, either. You may think they pronounce words more phonetically or "correctly," but they drop articles all the time. To an American speaker, they sound like uneducated children with all their "I go to university" or "We just brought my mother to hospital."

"Just because" also isn't the answer. There are etymological reasons that explain why we pronounce words. American English has influences from all different languages, so that accounts for some of the seemingly inconsistent pronunciations. There are also regional differences that affect pronunciation, or word combinations that change pronunciation (think "an historical" versus "a historical"). Granted, those explanations might be above a first grader's level or interest, but the real answer isn't "Just because."


I say ant. Here, only black people and wealthy white people with an affected accent say ahnt.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:01:26 AM EDT
"Ain't." Same as in "far aints."

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:02:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 6:03:52 AM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]
Usually "ant" but occasionally "ain't" depending on the phase of the moon and the price of gold.

"Awnt" just sounds pretentious or British.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:03:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Scott_In_OKC:





Zadda far ain't?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:45:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:
Like it's spelled.


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:48:06 AM EDT
Ant
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:49:24 AM EDT


Had to be posted.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:49:31 AM EDT
like the picture above
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:51:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By LoveHammer:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Naf:

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Naf:
I think all of you who pronounce it "ant" are weird, but I guess there are a lot of you.



I think you should ignore us and just keep saying it the way you say it. Makes you easier to pick out.


Oh, don't worry about that. I say wicked and use other New England colloquialisms often enough to make that not too difficult.



How do you pronounce "yolk" as in the yellow stuff in an egg? We've got a yankee up at work and had this discussion the other day and I'd like to compare.


I say "yoke". Also say ant.

Same
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:51:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 6:54:11 AM EDT by DamascusKnifemaker]
Originally Posted By Naf:
I think all of you who pronounce it "ant" are weird, but I guess there are a lot of you.

Here is a map.

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_1.html

"Ahnt"
http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_1_1.gif

"Ant"
http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_1_2.gif


I wonder who the idiot is in Pharump, NV that pronounces it "Ahnt"?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:52:19 AM EDT
I always knew Beatrice, Nebraska was odd.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:53:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
Around here, only blacks use awnt.

Same here
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:53:26 AM EDT
Ant.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:53:35 AM EDT
Ive only hear ant around here unless a black person is talking.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:55:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
Correctly.

How do you pronounce automatic? author? autism? audacity?

Why would you switch to "ant" when it's clearly "aunt".

Your "ant" probably worshed your clothes, eh?


So, when you laugh, do you say, "Excuse me for loffing"? Are you Ted Kennedy's fot oss relative?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:09:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 7:10:35 AM EDT by DzlBenz]
Aun-TAY



Of course, I also say, "strenfs."
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:12:13 AM EDT
I alternate between the two common pronunciations depending on how I'm using it.

I have two aunts (rhymes with font), and I have an Aunt Mel and an Ant Kathy (same as "ant")
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