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    Aitch

    Am I alone in detestng the ever growing trend to mispronounce the letter H as haitch? Why do we do this? The Americans don't do it and the Canadians laugh those Brits., who do, saying we can't speak the language we invented.


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    Re: Aitch

    i think that every nation have particular accent english
    such as amercans and australians and brtish
    even nations who speak anther language (not english ) pronunce english words in differnt way

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    Americans and Australians and British



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    I don't think this has anything to do with accent as this would imply an influence of dialect or nationality. This little horror turns up all over the UK. We have English teachers in this country who cite it as being correct. Don't they ever look inside a dictionary? It's there under the letter 'A".

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    This seems to be one of those language quirks that gets people's hackles up- we've had posts before on similar lines. It seems that there is opposition to accepting it as a valid form. However, those who take a descriptivist approach argue that when a large number of native speakers use a form, the form has to be regarded as correct, even if it makes others whince.


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    Re: Aitch

    As per George Orwell's 1984, "Sanity is statistical"? My problem with this is it suggests a lack of knowledge of the most fundamental of language tools, the English Alphabet and smacks of a comically pretentious pronunciation; in attempting not to 'drop Hs' putting Hs in front of anything that begins with an A.
    eg., "We hall went 'ome"

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