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Magical_Muggle's avatar

How do you pronounce 'H'?

Asked by Magical_Muggle (2165points) April 22nd, 2016

I’ve noticed that apparently I don’t pronounce the letter H correctly. I know that there are two pronunciations, and I never thought either of them were wrong.

I pronounce H – Haytch, with more of a ‘hay’ or ‘hey’ sound at the start.

Apparently this is incorrect and the proper pronunciation is – Atch, with more of an ‘ay’ sound at the start.

I’m curious, do you think there is a correct pronunciation of the letter H?

How do you pronounce it? Like one of the examples provided, or some totally different magical way?

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cookieman's avatar

Ay
Bee
See
Dee
Eee
Ef
Gee
Aytch
Eye
Jay
Kay
El
Em
En
Owe
Pee
Cue
Are
Es
Tee
You
Vee
DoubleYou
Ex
Why
Zee

ucme's avatar

Haytch, the correct way

jca's avatar

Aytch.

JLeslie's avatar

Aytch. I’m American. Maybe other English speaking countries say it differently?

Strauss's avatar

I’ve always heard, from before I started school, that ”aitch” is correct.

TheWikipedia article states that the ”haitch” pronunciation, while widespread, is considered non-standard.

If it’s in Wikipedia, it’s got to be true!~

JLeslie's avatar

^^The Wikipedia you linked seems to say it’s mostly associated with Catholic teachings. I wonder if there is anything regarding social class also?

When I moved to Tennessee for the first time I heard “R” pronounced differently. For the life of me I can’t say, spell, or barely remember the other way it was said. It was used by some black people. I never knew before living there that there was two ways to say it.

Stinley's avatar

Aitch. Lots of people here in the Midlands of England say haitch. But they are mad round here. They pronounce marshmallows as marshmellows

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I pronounce Marshmallows as marshmellows, but sort of more Marshmaellows, if that makes sense. I have a bitsa accent, maybe that is why

jca's avatar

I say “marshmellows” too.

ucme's avatar

Someone is considered as “mad” because they pronounce a word differently to you?
I’d suggest that person is a mad snob

Stinley's avatar

@ucme It was a lighthearted joke. Not meant to cause offence. Sorry if it did

ucme's avatar

Didn’t, couldn’t offend me just called it out that’s all

Strauss's avatar

I remember a time in elementary school (a Catholic school BTW), a Sister was telling us, “There’s no ‘H’ when you pronounce the letter ‘H’!”

Stinley's avatar

@ucme OK, I’ll call you out for a sense of humour failure then :-P

ucme's avatar

I’m sorry if you were offended by me pointing out the remark, the offence was taken not given.

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