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Ant vs aunt

  • Ant and aunt are two words that are often pronounced in the same way, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference between the definitions of ant and aunt, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

    An ant is a small insect that lives in a colony that features workers, drones, soldiers and a queen. Ants may live in the ground, in mounds or in trees. Ants are well known for their strength, they are able to lift and carry twenty times their own weights. Some ants bite and some sting. The word ant is derived from the Old English word æmette.

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    An aunt is the sister of one’s father or one’s mother, an aunt is also the wife of one’s uncle, who is the brother of one’s father or one’s mother. Sometimes a close family friend is given the honorary title of aunt. In some cultures aunt is pronounced in the same manner as ant, in other cultures the word aunt is pronounced awnt. The word aunt is derived from the Old French word ante, meaning aunt.

    Examples

    Male and female ants will sprout wings and venture out of their nests, seeking ants from other colonies to mate with. (The Birmingham Mail)

    But a new study reveals the ants have a never-before-seen strategy that helps the colony weather wartime casualties. (National Geographic)

    The aunt of a two-year-old girl screamed “The dog’s got the baby!” after her niece was savaged by the animal as she played in her garden. (The Telegraph)

    Sumit Kumar had gone to meet his aunt in Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur district on Friday when he got caught in the clash between Dalit and Thakur communities and was killed, his family members said. (The Indian Express)

     

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