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Old 06.02.2012, 17:19
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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

H
noun (plural h's) (also h) /eɪtʃ/ [C]
Definition
the 8th letter of the English alphabet
(Definition of H noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)


aitch
noun /eɪtʃ/ [C]
Definition
the letter 'h' written as a word
(Definition of aitch noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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Old 06.02.2012, 17:28
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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

When I hear option A, it's so aurally offensive it makes my ears bleed.
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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

BBC Pronunciation Unit?? This is where the license fee is going?




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A) Everything our parents told us is wrong.

B)

British English dictionaries give aytch as the standard pronunciation for the letter H. However, the pronunciation haytch is also attested as a legitimate variant. We also do not ask broadcasters who naturally say haytch to change their pronunciation but if a broadcaster contacted to ask us, we would tell them that aytch is regarded as the standard pronunciation in British English, people can feel very strongly about this and this pronunciation is less likely to attract audience complaints.
Haytch is a standard pronunciation in Irish English and is increasingly being used by native English-speaking people all across the country, irrespective of geographical provenance or social standing. Polls have shown that the uptake of haytch by younger native speakers is on the rise. Schoolchildren repeatedly being told not to drop Hs may cause them to hyper-correct and insert them where they don't exist.
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When I hear option A, it's so aurally offensive it makes my ears bleed.
Couldn't agree with you more. Even reading this thread, I can feel the warmth building up in my ears...
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A) Everything our parents told us is wrong.

B)

British English dictionaries give aytch as the standard pronunciation for the letter H. However, the pronunciation haytch is also attested as a legitimate variant. We also do not ask broadcasters who naturally say haytch to change their pronunciation but if a broadcaster contacted to ask us, we would tell them that aytch is regarded as the standard pronunciation in British English, people can feel very strongly about this and this pronunciation is less likely to attract audience complaints.
Haytch is a standard pronunciation in Irish English and is increasingly being used by native English-speaking people all across the country, irrespective of geographical provenance or social standing. Polls have shown that the uptake of haytch by younger native speakers is on the rise. Schoolchildren repeatedly being told not to drop Hs may cause them to hyper-correct and insert them where they don't exist.
Jo Kim, reporting from Seoul, Korea.
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What the hell does she know
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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

This sums it all up....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WBBO5h14xc
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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

This thread needs to be removed from EF permanently and the OP should be fined two goats for disturbing the King's peace.
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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

Haytch Haytch Haytch
Haytch Haytch Haytch
Haytch Haytch Haytch

Just to make Liverbird's ears bleed. She should know better.

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Haytch Haytch Haytch
Haytch Haytch Haytch
Haytch Haytch Haytch

Just to make Liverbird's ears bleed. She should know better.

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Aitch is the only word were we Scousers pronounce the *aitch
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Haytch Haytch Haytch
Haytch Haytch Haytch
Haytch Haytch Haytch

Just to make Liverbird's ears bleed. She should know better.

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Xylophone ???
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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

while we are on the topic of the letter H, it baffles me when i often hear americans oddly verbally adding the letter H in front of where it actually is.

For example "what" - I often hear americans pronounce it as "hwat", saying the H (as in huh) and then wat afterwards.

Same goes for why, where etc etc

anyone know the origins of this strange phenomenon?
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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

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while we are on the topic of the letter H, it baffles me when i often hear americans oddly verbally adding the letter H in front of where it actually is.

For example "what" - I often hear americans pronounce it as "hwat", saying the H (as in huh) and then wat afterwards.

Same goes for why, where etc etc

anyone know the origins of this strange phenomenon?
Never noticed that, except in "why," but then it means an archipelago in the Pacific and is spelled accordingly.
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Old 06.02.2012, 21:11
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while we are on the topic of the letter H, it baffles me when i often hear americans oddly verbally adding the letter H in front of where it actually is.

For example "what" - I often hear americans pronounce it as "hwat", saying the H (as in huh) and then wat afterwards.

Same goes for why, where etc etc

anyone know the origins of this strange phenomenon?
The larynx.
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Old 06.02.2012, 22:08
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... Scousers pronounce the *aitch
Stand up, 'ughes

And all the class stood up... etc.

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Re: How to pronounce the letter ''H''.....

I'm an out and out (a) option.
But then I do find my phonetics do not quite fit in with the very Oxford-Cambridge-BBC accents.
People who have just met me can even guess my city of origin while I am speaking in other languages.
Where I come from we pronounce our H proudly and I reckon we must be closer to the language's roots... otherwise the letter wouldn't be there at all would it?
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BBC Pronunciation Unit?? This is where the license fee is going?
Do you pay the license fee ?
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while we are on the topic of the letter H, it baffles me when i often hear americans oddly verbally adding the letter H in front of where it actually is.

For example "what" - I often hear americans pronounce it as "hwat", saying the H (as in huh) and then wat afterwards.

Same goes for why, where etc etc

anyone know the origins of this strange phenomenon?
Strangely enough, Old English. This is how it was pronounced then. (Seriously. I'm a medievalist, go figure).
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