How do you personally pronounce "aunt?"

@stylioJ (403)
United States
September 10, 2008 3:33pm CST
Do you say "ant" or "ont?" I say it like I would talk about an ant, but many people do not. I am curious to know how most people say it. Also, do you have people correct you if you say it differently than them? I don't understand the need for that - it drives me nuts!
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8 responses
11 Sep 08
My husband and I have been arguing about this very issue. I say "ant" and he says "ont." My husband thinks it is because I am from up north and he is from the south. Truth be told, we live in the south now and everyone says "ont." I wonder if it has anything to do with it.
@stylioJ (403)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Hmm. My husband and I are both from the north, but I say "ant" and he says "ont." I'm not sure where it all comes from!
• United States
10 Sep 08
I never really feel comfortable calling my aunts ants. I guess because they always corrected me when I was little when I called them ant. So, I just rather say aunt or auntie.
@stylioJ (403)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I think it makes sense to call a person what she wants to be called. I would've done the same.
@odwitt (112)
• United States
10 Sep 08
They shouldn't correct you. Either is perfectly fine. I say "aunt" like "ont".
@stylioJ (403)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Cool. Thanks for sharing! I think either is fine, too...oh, there's another word that people pronounce differently: "either"
10 Sep 08
I actually don't say aunt but auntie pronounced "anty"
@stylioJ (403)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I like that. I've heard that before but I don't think I've ever used it.
@xhaylea (363)
5 Apr 09
I pronounce it like anty, like most people probably do :)
• Canada
29 Mar 09
We say ant or anty. Growing up, we were taught to say ant and never even heard of anty. After I had children, my inlaws started having the kids call them anty and now some of them still do. I don't think any one way is the correct way and no one should correct you.
29 Mar 09
i usually say auntie so ant or anty
• United States
1 Feb 09
I was raised half on the East Coast and half on the West Coast and have Aunt's on both. So my East Coast Aunts are "ont Jean, ont Ellen, ont Bea, ont Leatrice" and my West Coast Aunts are "ant Barb, and ant Mary." It's a cultural difference - no real right or wrong and I don't think that it's polite to correct how someone else pronounces it.