I am sixty-one years old.
When I was growing up I had a myriad of Aunties.
My children have Aunties.
I even am a Great Auntie to six Great-Nieces and Nephews.
Always, always, always I pronounced Auntie like this:
Suddenly I have noticed that the vernacular, all around me, is to pronounce this word Awntie.
At first I blamed American television.
I have a good friend who was born in Iowa and he always pronounced it that way.
But then, yesterday, as I was listening to CBC radio - that is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the host, who is from eastern Canada, said the word Aunt - pronounced Ant, and then he corrected himself and said Awnt.
When did this become a thing?
It still rings wrong in my ears every single time I hear it.
So ya, this is a pet peeve of mine, and I won't succumb to peer pressure.
If you meet me and I talk about my dear Aunt Georgie, you will hear Ant Georgie.
And what about Antie Mame? I never heard her referred to as Awntie Mame.
Just know, Dear Readers, when I write about Aunties, I am hearing Anties in my head.
My title to my nieces and nephews - great and otherwise is:
Auntie Mary-Anne (or Auntie Mary-Mann) pronounced Antie.