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John Cowan wrote:

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>>Of course there's the well known _ain't_ /Ent/ (which I was certainly
>>familiar with) that JRRT puns with _Ent_ in LotR.
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>I never even heard of this, nor realized the presence of a pun, until
>you told us about it; for me "ain't" can only be /ejn(t)/.  I think
>all three of these pronunciations are general among North Ams.
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Oh, I'd say it's by far the most common pronunciation in Britain.  If I
use the word 'ain't', it's always [En?].