The future of H
The letter aitch seems to be used increasingly on British television news and advertising referring, for example, to HD and institutions such as HMRC and HSBC - there are plenty of them. And I am appalled by the frequency with which it is pronounced "Haitch" by newsreaders and other broadcasters who earn their living by speaking.
My own theory was that the problem originated among cockneys, trying to avoid "dropping their aitches". But it seems to be a countrywide phenomenon. Worse, I have discussed it with my grandchildren and learnt to my horror that they have been taught to say "haitch" in school.
Is this going on in other Anglophone countries?
The English language has great regional variation in pronounciation, accent, and usage. Is it "zee" or "zed"?
The proper usage can be debated endlessly -- and we will never come to agreement.
Several academic studies of regional speech differences recently made the news in America. While the media focused on one question -- is the generic term for a carbonated beverage soda? pop? or coke? -- the studies addressed a varierty of usage and pronounciation issues.
for maps showing this linguistic diversity.
|link||answered Jun 15 '13 at 14:54 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
Thank you Jeff, but I am not in the least worried about the way the English language has changed in the US, or parts thereof; my concern is about the proliferation of the letter "haitch" which is an aberration I have yet to find in an English dictionary.
I have, however, discovered the answer to my question by the simple expedient of googling "haitch". There I found an abundance of debate and information on the subject - including the fact that "haitch" is a marker of religious persuasion in Ireland - and the general level of abhorrence shown toward this growing trend is quite reassuring. But the thought that 24% of British youth now believes "haitch" to be corrrect is still disturbing.
Perhaps the answer is to follow the example set by That Mitchell and Webb Show Series 4 - Episode 1 (Grammar Nazi) which Greenlaner uploaded to The Student Room. Well worth seeing!
The fight for our aitch is not yet lost, as was demonstrated only last night on LBC (London talk radio) when a caller was cut off for saying haitch! A major step forward!
|link||answered Jun 15 '13 at 16:55 Michael Cranfield Expert|
I am convinced the letter "H" will, in the future, remain the eighth letter of both the UK and US versions of the Latin-based alphabet. Unfortunately this may not be the case in the 80% of the remainder of the English speaking world where some UK-sympathetic grammarians are considering a swap (since they control the rules of English); making "J" the eighth and "H" the tenth letters respectively.
|link||answered Jun 16 '13 at 02:33 Brother Dave Contributor|
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