One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal term for aunt
- ‘I've been living with my aunty in Sydney.’
- ‘Our children have lost an aunty, and most importantly the three children have been left without a mother.’
- ‘We have tried to make it like a visit to an aunty's for them, giving them a glass of orange and a biscuit and then playing with them.’
- ‘I am now once more motivated to tell the next aunty who asks me when I'm getting married, that I'll get married when I damn well want to.’
- ‘Tonight after work I am picking up my aunty from the airport.’
- ‘Kristin's greatest joy was being an aunty to her nephew Derek.’
- ‘He regrets this, but insists, ‘I didn't come from a close family and I never felt any particular irrational impulse to be nice to old aunties.’’
- ‘‘Most of my uncles, aunties and friends were musicians, songwriters in their own right or heavily into music,’ he explains.’
- ‘He then rang his aunties, an uncle and his grandad who came to the rescue.’
- ‘He'd been neglected by his mother and brought up by his aunty.’
- ‘There to encourage him were all his aunties and their respective partners, his extended family and his little brother Ben, who were all so proud of his radio debut.’
- ‘I come from a large family stacked with women, consisting of four sisters and twelve aunties, who have taught me how to survive in a totalitarian world in order to survive in any world.’
- ‘My mum was really down after my nana died, so my aunty who lives in America decided to treat her to a holiday.’
- ‘The highlight of her holidays was the huge barbecue for all of her family, including her aunty who was visiting from Canada.’
- ‘Grandma, grandad, uncles, aunties and all the cousins are now tagging along too.’
- ‘However, when the big day arrives, what can you do if your presents aren't perfect or you don't like that jumper your aunty bought you?’
- 1.1British informal The BBC.
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