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    [Pronunciation] aunt

    How do AmE speakers pronounce the word "aunt"?
    /ænt/ or /ɑnt/ ?

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    Re: [Pronunciation] aunt

    I pronounce it like awnt

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    Re: [Pronunciation] aunt

    My apologies for not being proficient in phonetic notation.

    For the great majority or us, the insect and the sister of our mother are are the same: ANTs. But we have a minority who insist that our biological relatives are not ANTs but AWNTs. I am not quite sure who they are: New Englanders or United Empire Loyalists perhaps?

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    Re: [Pronunciation] aunt

    The word “aunt” has two correct pronunciations in AmE: ANT (like the insect) and AHNT.
    Both pronunciations are given, in that order, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed.) and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.).
    The first (ANT) is by far the predominant American pronunciation. The second (AHNT) is common in the Northeast, some Southern dialects, and among African Americans.

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