Aunt - ant - aren't

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Aunt, aren't and ant - surprisingly - form one of the sets of homophones listed by the then Poet Laureate Robert Bridges.
(For more, see Bridges homophones). AWE has a category listing our articles on each of these.

  • In modern (twenty-first century) RP, only aunt and aren't are homophones: IPA: /ɑːrnt/, in which the 'r' is only rarely sounded, and then only for aren't.
  • In RP, ant is realized with the different vowel of 'hat' and 'can': IPA: /æ/. (This vowel is also used in the pronunciation of aunt in GA and several different local accents in Britain and elsewhere.)