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How do you pronounce the letter H?

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inlawsimnotsure Tue 10-Sep-19 15:39:56

How do you pronounce the letter H? Like ‘ach’ or ‘hhach’?

I work in HR and my name begins with H so I have confidently been saying ‘ach’ my whole life, but all of my colleagues say ‘hhach’ so I am starting to doubt myself.

We are all largely from the same region.

It’s driving me a bit crazy!

Seeline Tue 10-Sep-19 15:40:37

It's aitch

FamilyOfAliens Tue 10-Sep-19 15:41:14


glueandstick Tue 10-Sep-19 15:41:21

The correct way is AITCH.

Don’t get started on schedule. 😂

SpeckledyHen Tue 10-Sep-19 15:41:40


kjhkj Tue 10-Sep-19 15:41:59

It's "aitch". But the number of HR people who say haitch is astonishing. I think it comes from a fear of 'dropping your aitches'

WhatsMyPassword Tue 10-Sep-19 15:42:10

aitch - or phonetically ay't'ch

absolutely not hay-t-ch

steff13 Tue 10-Sep-19 15:42:12

Aitch. I'm in the US if that makes a difference.

Mykidsweird Tue 10-Sep-19 15:42:51

Haitch however apparently that’s common 🤷🏼‍♀️

Pleasedontdrawonyoursister Tue 10-Sep-19 15:43:11

Haitch - I know it’s wrong though, soz grin

SinglePringle Tue 10-Sep-19 15:43:38

Without the ‘H’. Ay’tch.

Unless you’re Irish, any other pronunciation is incorrect.

ILearnedItFromABook Tue 10-Sep-19 15:43:39


lazylinguist Tue 10-Sep-19 15:43:55


I am always baffled when people say it must be haitch because the sound should begin with a 'h' because that's the sound the letter makes. On that basis, 'w' would be called wubble-you.

Actionhasmagic Tue 10-Sep-19 15:44:29


RezCowgirl Tue 10-Sep-19 15:45:16


BuggerOffAndGoodDayToYou Tue 10-Sep-19 15:45:56

“aitch”. My DD had a teacher back in year 1 or 2 who said “haitch” and DD started saying it too.... I soon got rid of that!

LoudBatPerson Tue 10-Sep-19 15:46:24

Aitch here too. Does this change geographically? I'm in London.

BottomOfTheProblem Tue 10-Sep-19 15:47:20


My name is Hannah, so does my vote count for more?

Didntwanttochangemyname Tue 10-Sep-19 15:47:23

@lazylinguist grin I love you, they will forever more be wubble-you to me!

TryingAndFailing39 Tue 10-Sep-19 15:47:31

It’s aitch. My dc and I have different accents and pronounce some things differently but aitch is one thing I always correct them about.

flowery Tue 10-Sep-19 15:48:03

Aitch. Haitch drives me potty. And I bet the majority of people who say haitch would not say En Haitch Ess when referring to our public sector health provider.

64sNewName Tue 10-Sep-19 15:48:48


flowery Tue 10-Sep-19 15:50:04

”I am always baffled when people say it must be haitch because the sound should begin with a 'h' because that's the sound the letter makes. On that basis, 'w' would be called wubble-you.”

Yes this. You don’t hear nen, mem, sess, feff or lell do you?!

clary Tue 10-Sep-19 15:50:09

I live in the East Midlands and everyone says it Haitch, even my kids! Drives me mad. Look it up, it's Aitch. No need to start the word with an H. Just like you don't say Feff for Foxtrot. My name starts with H too op so I feel your pain.

TheTrollFairy Tue 10-Sep-19 15:51:34

I was going to say I say it haich but now I’m questioning it in reference to my surname.
To summarise... I’m not sure

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