John Cowan wrote: > > > >>Of course there's the well known _ain't_ /Ent/ (which I was certainly >>familiar with) that JRRT puns with _Ent_ in LotR. >> >> > >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. > > 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?].