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In English, how should this letter be pronounced?

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19Pronounced "Aitch"
1Pronounced "Haitch"


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Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 1-Jun-2014 12:15pm  
Aitch. My Dad sometimes over-pronounces his Hs when he is trying to "talk proper", especially on the phone. I think saying "haitch" here usually betrays someone from a working class background, trying to fit into more middle class society. It's like using Non-U words.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 1-Jun-2014 12:23pm  
The name of the letter is aitch. But the sound of the letter is usually pronounced like the sound at the beginning of the word haitch.
LJD
posted 1-Jun-2014 1:07pm  
Haitch, I assume
JessicaWoman99
posted 1-Jun-2014 3:42pm  
Haitch
FauxLo
(reply to Biggles) posted 1-Jun-2014 9:46pm  
> Aitch. My Dad sometimes over-pronounces his Hs when he is trying to
> "talk proper", especially on the phone. I think saying "haitch" here
> usually betrays someone from a working class background, trying to
> fit into more middle class society. It's like using >">Non-U words.

Old school educated Samoans say Haitch. It used to make me mental as a kid when he'd say it.
Zang
posted 7-Jun-2014 10:14am  
I first came across the "haitch" pronunciation when I was 20. I dated a woman who was from an Irish Catholic background and she explained that was why she pronounced it that way. Since then, I have occasionally heard it on British television shows, that's about it. People don't often have a reason to pronounce letters... spelling and acronyms mostly, so one doesn't always know how others pronounce them.
Zang
(reply to Biggles) posted 7-Jun-2014 10:50am  
That's an interesting article. I went down the two columns and picked words and phrases I would be more likely to use. I scored 41% U and 59% Non-U. However, in a lot of cases I would clearly use the words and phrases in a quite different manner than what was implied.
MysticKat
posted 7-Jun-2014 6:42pm  
Depends on the word in which this letter appears.
CarlHalling
posted 28-Jun-2014 11:29am  
In British English, it's definitely "Aitch"; but millions say "Haitch"; I can't avouch for anywhere else in the English speaking world.
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 15-Sep-2014 7:26pm  
Aitch
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