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H "atich" and "haitch" - please explain!

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coppit · 18/01/2010 22:14

So, the letter H...

"aitch" and "haitch" - are both correct (so you just pronounce it how you like) or is "haitch" actually incorrect.


OP posts:
BurningBuntingFlipFlop · 18/01/2010 22:15

aitch is correct

BurningBuntingFlipFlop · 18/01/2010 22:15

aitch is correct

ruddynorah · 18/01/2010 22:16

it's aitch

IsItMeOr · 18/01/2010 22:17

haitch is definitely incorrect.

coppit · 18/01/2010 22:18

I did think aitch was correct, but millions of people (including DH ) say haitch. Why??

OP posts:
mimsum · 18/01/2010 23:41

it's aitch - it's even in the dictionary

people say haitch because they're wrong

ds2 says haitch (arrrghhh) because his teacher says haitch

it makes me cringe every single bloody time ....

Quattrocento · 18/01/2010 23:44

haitch is unspeakable

I once had to ditch a boyfriend because he said haitch

Was the only thing to do

Quattrocento · 18/01/2010 23:44

Of course I said it was me and not him

Quattrocento · 18/01/2010 23:49


llareggub · 19/01/2010 00:03

So long as you told him that of course you could still be friends.

campion · 19/01/2010 00:15

No, you took the only sensible option.

People say haitch because they're hignorant of the fact that it's wrong.

There is a corner of this ( once) great land where a lowly teacher forces educates children to mend their ways. God, it's hard work.

Quattrocento · 19/01/2010 00:18

E was heducated though. E went to Cambridge.

GoddessInTheKitchen · 19/01/2010 00:22

i say haitch

campion · 19/01/2010 00:31

Not fully heducated in pronunciation though.

Bet he was a scientist. ( Also runs off to avoid flying bunsen burners)

Quattrocento · 19/01/2010 00:32

E was a Hengineer

campion · 19/01/2010 00:51


IsItMeOr · 19/01/2010 08:24

Goddess - please say you'll mend your ways?!

frakkinaround · 19/01/2010 08:47

Haitch is incorrect because you don't aspirate when saying the alphabet.

Do say it like this: Hay, Bee, See, Dee, Hee, Heff, Gee, Haitch, Hi, Jay, Kay, Hell, Hem, Hen, Ho, Pee, Kew, Harr, Hess, Tee, Hew, Vee, Double-yew, Hex, Why, Zed?


So no aspirated aitches please.

But people do it because they think H should have a 'h' in front. Drives me bloody mad.

JackBauer · 19/01/2010 08:58

I dumped a boyfriend once for saying Haitch.
Luckily DH is with me on this, we have had to start correcting DD1 and she is only 3.11!

CaptainNancy · 19/01/2010 09:43

Could I just say coppit, that I love your user name.... haven't played that game in 25 years or so

AnyFuckersbitch · 19/01/2010 09:45

'tis also regional though.

IsItMeOr · 19/01/2010 10:17

No it really isn't, AnyFucker

IsItMeOr · 19/01/2010 10:19

Unless that's HennyFucker, of course

ShowOfHands · 19/01/2010 10:23

Just strike haitch from your memory. It doesn't exist. Consign it to the depths of oblivion where it belongs.

WoTmania · 19/01/2010 10:24


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