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    pronounce "humble"

    My Webster gives two options of the pronunciation of "humble" with and without "h". How do you pronounce it?

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    Re: pronounce "humble"

    With "h", [h]umble.

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    Re: pronounce "humble"

    Also in BrE

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    Re: pronounce "humble"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Also in BrE
    Which dialects?

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    Re: pronounce "humble"

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Which dialects?
    You put "h" in brackets. So that would mean you don't pronounce it?

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    Re: pronounce "humble"

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Which dialects?
    All of them, as far as I know, though in most the h may be dropped in what is usually considered to be 'uneducated' speech.

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    Re: pronounce "humble"

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    You put "h" in brackets. So that would mean you don't pronounce it?
    Phonetic transcriptions are given within square brackets [...].

    Yes, I pronounce the "h" in humble.

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    Re: pronounce "humble"

    The 'h' is a fairly recent arrival, I think.

    A 'numble' is a bit like a 'napron'; that's where we get the expression 'eating humble pie' - numbles were a cheap sort of meat (offal?...), so eating numble pie was something poor people did.

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