The correct pronunciation of hotel is an otel? surely isnt it? with the "H" being silent? Also an prefixes it not a?
This is a highly contentious subject. "Hotel" is a French word, in French it is pronounced "otel", in English some people say "a hotel" and some say "an otel".The correct pronunciation of hotel is an otel? surely isnt it? with the "H" being silent? Also an prefixes it not a?
I think the people who say 'hotel' without the 'h' would probably be doing so consciously using the reason 'every other 'h' initial word with French origin is pronounced with a silent 'h', so 'hotel' should be no different.'
My youngest daughter is doing GCSEs this year and in her history course book they use "an historian/an historical".I hardly know anyone who says an 'otel nowadays- the only people I know that do are older people who speak traditional RP or BBC English and also say an 'istorical....
An 'otel has a certain charm about it, but saying an historical with an aspirated h and thinking it's some sort of upmarket style drives me up the wall. :2gunfire: