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The wine/whine and ant/aunt differences

Poll #1802235 Quick pronunciation poll

Which of these do you do?

I pronounce 'wine' and 'whine' the same, and I also pronounce 'ant' and 'aunt' the same.
27(21.1%)
I pronounce 'wine' and 'whine' the same, but I pronounce 'ant' and 'aunt' differently.
65(50.8%)
I pronounce 'wine' and 'whine' differently, but I pronounce 'ant' and 'aunt' the same.
14(10.9%)
I pronounce 'wine' and 'whine' differently, and I also pronounce 'ant' and 'aunt' differently.
18(14.1%)
Some other option
4(3.1%)

Comments

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white_hart
Dec. 11th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
When I say I pronounce 'wine' and 'whine' differently, I don't know how different they actually sound, but the 'wh' is definitely more aspirated than the 'w' in wine.
nwhyte
Dec. 11th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
If they aren't homophones inside your head before you say them, then they probably aren't when you actually say them!
seawasp
Dec. 11th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
In very casual use (speaking quickly) these pairs are pronounced essentially identically. However, I pronounce them with slight differences when I'm speaking carefully; "whine" has a slight voiced "h" and "aunt" sounds in between "ant" and "awnt".
andrewducker
Dec. 11th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
I pronounce wine and whine the same, but ant rhymes with "an" while "aunt" rhymes with "aren't".

Julie pronounces wine and whine the same, and ant and aunt the same, and she's from near Belfast, if that helps.
bellinghman
Dec. 11th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
Homophones killed my Aunt, you clod.

No, wait, they were homophobes. Sorry.
redfiona99
Dec. 11th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
I pronounce wine and whine differently, and ant and aunt the same, unless I'm putting on the ritz. But I have to conciously think about ant and aunt before they're different when I say them.
inulro
Dec. 11th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
I gave that one up years ago. If British people want to rag on me because ant and aunt sound the same in my natural accent, they can get stuffed.
redfiona99
Dec. 11th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
In large chunks of Britain they sound the same too, certainly in the North West of England or at least the part of it that I'm from.
ice_hesitant
Dec. 11th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
I pronounce ant/aunt differently, the same way I distinguish plant/flaunt.

I'm less certain about wine/whine, as I'm not technically a native speaker and 'w' can still give me difficulties. I think I pronounce wine closer to "vine" and whine closer to "uaine", but I'm not sure..
drasecretcampus
Dec. 12th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
For me, aunt/flaunt wouldn't rhyme but ant/plant do. (Aunt and ant are usually different)
uitlander
Dec. 11th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
qatsi and I would reguarly have a weekly whine, no wait, wine.. hang on, maybe it was whine with wine in the end.
drasecretcampus
Dec. 12th, 2011 08:56 am (UTC)
I was going to say it probably depends were the aunt is from, but both my Aren't-E Margaret and Anti Joyce are based in NE England.
bohemiancoast
Dec. 12th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
I had a big old argument with $spouse about the 'wh' -- he argued, strongly backed up by the internet, that the distinction is completely lost in most dialects of English, and that I've only retained it because of my Scots heritage, or my reading-centric speech, or perhaps both. This was which/witch rather than whine/wine though (and which/witch is different at *both* ends of the word as far as I'm concerned).
bohemiancoast
Dec. 12th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I realise I didn't say. I aspirate the h in wh- words like whine and whirl and (especially) wherefore. I pronounce aunt 'ont', not ant or aren't.
mscongeniality
Dec. 13th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
I say whine and wine the same, but I'm inconsistent on ant and aunt. Sometimes they're the same, sometimes different.
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