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NowSissyThatWalk Sat 30-Apr-16 18:24:07

So this may have been done to death, but I am a woman close to the edge.
I pronounce the letter H as 'Aitch', not
pronouncing any 'H' sound at the start.
I have always been told this is the 'right' way to pronounce it, and so it's stuck.
But I seem to never hear anyone ever saying it like this and instead pronounce the 'H', as 'Haitch'.
I can't take much more of it. My DP says 'Haitch' and corrects me every time I don't.
I should LTB shouldn't I????

LindyHemming Sat 30-Apr-16 18:26:04

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mollie123 Sat 30-Apr-16 18:26:13

of course it is 'Aitch' smile I am with you.

AntsMarching Sat 30-Apr-16 18:26:18

It's "aitch". My DH says the same and it makes my skin crawl. The dcs are being taught to say it correctly, once I'd proved to him that "haitch" was wrong.

Gileswithachainsaw Sat 30-Apr-16 18:27:33

It's "aitch"

haitch really annoys me blush I correct the kids but dp still does it.

I don't say anything to peope though as it's my problem not theirs

whitehandledkitchenknife Sat 30-Apr-16 18:28:36

Definitely 'aitch'. My DH also says 'haitch'. Annoys the bejeezus out of me.

FirstWeTakeManhattan Sat 30-Apr-16 18:29:23


Cathead Sat 30-Apr-16 18:29:34


LindyHemming Sat 30-Apr-16 18:29:50

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leeds84 Sat 30-Apr-16 18:30:10

Aitch. No discussion.

Fibbertigibbet Sat 30-Apr-16 18:30:14

Aitch. Haitch is an accepted, but not the original, pronunciation. Still annoys me, though!

NowSissyThatWalk Sat 30-Apr-16 18:30:36

Oh thank the pedant Jesus, I am validated.
My sister has it worse as she's a nurse and is constantly surrounded by fools people saying 'Haitch C A' (health care assistant')
It's these sort of things that mean the N AITCH S is crumbling. wink

AntsMarching Sat 30-Apr-16 18:30:47


Lykke1000 Sat 30-Apr-16 18:33:33

just listen to the BBC and try to catch someone saying Haitch.. and let us know if you hear it.

and just in case: an apostrophe makes words possesive, not plural!

NowSissyThatWalk Sat 30-Apr-16 18:34:11

Thanks for the article Euph, seems one of those things where there used to be a very clear pronunciation but not so much now.
Still makes my teeth hurt.

wasonthelist Sat 30-Apr-16 18:38:01

just listen to the BBC and try to catch someone saying Haitch.. and let us know if you hear it.

If you listen to BBC R5 as much as I do, you'll hear Haitch a lot. Mark Mardell - former defence correspondent on BBC radio used to say it - noticeable because of reporting about HMS whatever.

I pronounce it aitch - but we're a dying breed.

Danglyweed Sat 30-Apr-16 18:38:46

Ah ffs nowsissy now im sat like a twat saying it over and over, now. Dd5 has piped up about how her teacher says it angry im fairly certain I say aitch but I've recently got a false front tooth so phonics really aint my strong point atm grin

NowSissyThatWalk Sat 30-Apr-16 18:39:20

If you listen to BBC R5 as much as I do, you'll hear Haitch a lot. **
This is just awful.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 30-Apr-16 18:39:21


Sallygoroundthemoon Sat 30-Apr-16 18:39:40

Aitch. Haitch is very irritating.

wasonthelist Sat 30-Apr-16 18:39:42

Sorry, not Mark Mardell - mixed him up with someone else.

wasonthelist Sat 30-Apr-16 18:42:54

chunkymum1 Sat 30-Apr-16 18:43:46

Best way to deal with this is to find a dictionary and it will have aitch included in it as a word. I had to do this with DH as he frequently accused me of dropping my aitches when I pronounced it correctly. It was either that or leaving him.

And before anyone says it yes, I am an insufferably pedantic arse and slowly turning DH the same way. Sorry world

MaudGonneMad Sat 30-Apr-16 18:46:51

'Haitch' is a feature of many dialects. It's not wrong, unless you think anything other than RP is wrong.

TyrionLannistersShadow Sat 30-Apr-16 18:47:55

Haitch here but I'm Irish ;) . I don't know anyone who says aitch, to me that's a British thing!

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