“About” is a word that Canadians pronounce as “a boot.” I’m not Canadian, but I’m Minnesotan, which is about as close as an American can get to being Canadian, as Minnesotans and Canadians both live in the north and love hockey, bacon, and lumberjacking.
Anyway, I pronounce “about” sort of like “a boat,” which is pretty normal for a Minnesotan. I actually am not a big hockey fan (I’m more of a basketball guy, when it comes to winter sports), though I have been known to enjoy bacon and lumberjacking.
Speaking of Minnesota accents, once I told my grandparents from St. Louis, MO that I needed to pick up a couch, and they thought I was saying I needed to pick up a “coach,” which they couldn’t understand. We had a good laugh about that.