Today I was having lunch with a coworker and I mentioned my aunt (rhymes with can’t) and he looked at me and asked me to repeat myself. I said it again- aunt (rhymes with can’t) and he started laughing. This after he ordered the SAL-MON for which I gave him the side eye but kept my mouth shut.
I asked him what was so funny and he said I sounded soooo country saying aunt (rhymes with can’t). I told him that most certainly was not country. He said only country people say aunt (rhymes with can’t) and that it’s pronounced aunt (rhymes with haunt).
We went back and forth making fun of each other for a while. I insisted that I was not wrong for saying aunt (rhymes with can’t). I told him that people say it differently. Namely black and whites. I told him that white people typically say aunt (rhymes with can’t) and I, having grown up in an all white town, learned to say it that way.
Still, he disagreed with me and we found ourselves asking randoms what they call their father’s sister. After lunch and reindeer games, we agreed to disagree. Though he still thinks I’m country. Can you imagine!?
I’m no scientist, but I think my highly detailed and well thought-out poll proved my point today. Most blacks say aunt (rhymes with haunt) and whites
and one bad Asian say aunt (rhymes with can’t).
Now about that salmon…