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The letter H - it's 'aitch' not 'haitch' - Grrr

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Lakelover Fri 08-Aug-08 12:50:34

DP insists on pronoucing it 'haitch' - drives this pedant potty.

Lakelover Fri 08-Aug-08 12:52:31

Oh FFS - now I can't spell pronouncing...

prettybird Fri 08-Aug-08 12:52:37

The toher one I hate is J pronounce J-eye and not "Jay".

Ds gets that corrected when he does that. He hears "J-eye" at school.

edam Fri 08-Aug-08 12:52:46

Oh, I agree, vehemently. I always want to ask people 'do you pronounce the letter S as 'sess'? Or L as 'lell'?

expatinscotland Fri 08-Aug-08 12:54:07

I had never heard it pronounced 'haitch' until I came here.

Or J said as anything other than 'jay'.

SheikYerbouti Fri 08-Aug-08 12:54:47

My 92 year old Great Aunt (who is foul-mouthed) says it too, but adds "a" in front of it "a-haitch)

She can often be heard saying "Everyone calls me Floss, but me real name's A-Hemily"

Bless her cottons.

She will normally complete her conversation by calling her neighbour a cunt or something and then taking a big drag from her Menthol Superking.


SheikYerbouti Fri 08-Aug-08 12:55:53

I have never heard J-eye

Lakelover Fri 08-Aug-08 12:56:09

Am sure he does it just to irritate me! Think he's going to try and teach ds to say it too just to make things worse!

Threadwworm Fri 08-Aug-08 12:57:41

It's just a dialect difference, isn't it? Neither is more correct than the other. After all, we have 'bee' for 'B', etc, so the 'sess' analogy doen't really work.

Lakelover Fri 08-Aug-08 12:58:17

I've never heard J-eye either (thank god).

hanaflower Fri 08-Aug-08 12:59:37

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Lakelover Fri 08-Aug-08 13:00:07

Probably, threadworm, but it irritates me none the less !!!

frankiesbestfriend Fri 08-Aug-08 13:00:50

My elderly northern grandparents have trouble with this one.

When saying any word that begins with H they pronounce it without the h sound then add afterwards, 'with a haitch'.

So, for example, "Her name is 'elen with a haitch".

Quite sweet, though, it doesn't irritate me.

frankiesbestfriend Fri 08-Aug-08 13:02:38

Oh, and imo it is not just dialect difference, 'haitch' is actually incorrect.

PuppyMonkey Fri 08-Aug-08 13:02:48

I say haitch all the time blush I am very common and from nottingham.

Never j-eye though, wtf? hmm

FranSanDisco Fri 08-Aug-08 13:05:01

Dh's glaswegie rellies say J-eye and as a sheep he then puts on his accent and says it like that to please them. He does say aitch though. My mum is from Dublin and says haitch and ore for R. Dd says aitch but ds says haitch. This is down to their respective teachers and regional accents. I've one f%&£ed up family grin.

prettybird Fri 08-Aug-08 14:13:11

Jeye seems to be a Glasgwo thing. Don't know about the rest of Scoltand.

I'm going to have to have a word with ds (7)though: while it is OK for us to correct him when he says things like "J(eye)" or "I seen (x)", it is not OK for him to crrect his friends! blush It is not the best "how to make friends and influnce people" strategy hmm

JT Fri 08-Aug-08 14:16:10

one of my pet hates this


StellaDallas Fri 08-Aug-08 14:16:39

I am Irish and haitch is what we say. Not incorrect, just dialect. And while we are on the subject, why do the English pronounce r as ah?

quickdrawmcgraw Fri 08-Aug-08 14:20:11

I'm Irish and I say aitch because that's how it spelt.

Quattrocento Fri 08-Aug-08 14:31:24

I used to have a boyfriend who did that. He quickly became an ex-boyfriend - it's intolerable

PuppyMonkey Fri 08-Aug-08 14:32:30

H is spelled aitch? Isn't it spelled H?

derelicte Fri 08-Aug-08 14:33:40

Haitch is incorrect. Look in the dictionary. Aitch is in there as a proper word, 'haitch' isn't. It's not even standardised dialect.

PuppyMonkey Fri 08-Aug-08 14:38:07

Yes it is. How strange.

I wonder why El isn't in the dictionary, you know for L. Or En for N. Or dee for D. Why does aithc get a special word???

<<genuinely concerned>>

derelicte Fri 08-Aug-08 14:41:17

Um, I think they least some of them, e.g. en and em. They can be handy in scrabble.

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