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    Haitch.

    I also say "Zee".

    And no, it's not because I'm stupid or ignorant or backward. It's because I'm from Ireland and we say haitch (I think we say a mix of zee and zed though). I have never heard anyone ever say "Aitch" who was born and raised here. It's nothing to do with how much money you have or your education either as some people like to claim. It really is a regional thing and nothing more.

    HAITCH 'TIL I DIE.
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    (Original post by Brand New Eyes)
    Are you god? You genuinely are EVERYWHERE! :crazy:

    I say Haitch... #fu**yeah
    mwhahahahahaha

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    (Original post by Procerus)
    how could you not pronounce the H in haitch? that would be weird, do you say Ello instead of Hello?
    No, I pronounce Hello as aitch-ee-ell-ell-oh.
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    I really 'ate it when people don't say haitch.
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    I've never heard H pronounced as 'Aitch'. :dontknow: It is and always will be to me 'Haitch' :yep:
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    I sort of switch between the two depending on what I'm saying. It's very amusing how annoyed people get get over a topic like this.

    (Original post by IB_19)
    This.

    You wouldn't pronounce the letter 'W' as 'wouble you', so why is the letter H any different?
    (Original post by Ch1pp0)
    Stupid people say "Haitch" because they can't understand how a letter of the alphabet can have a name that isn't phonetically linked to its pronunciation in common usage.
    There are these things called accents my darlings.
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    (Original post by Procerus)
    how could you not pronounce the H in haitch? that would be weird, do you say Ello instead of Hello?
    H is not spelt Haitch so you are not dropping an H by saying Aitch. By the same logic you are dropping an L by saying El rather than Lel, or an R by saying Arr instead of Rarr.
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    (Original post by mja)
    Haitch is not dialectual. It may have become a common usage, but it has not done so as part of any particular dialect. It is just a frequently made error.
    I don't say haitch but everyone else from my hometown does. Everyone.
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    Aitch is the name of the 8th letter in the Latin alphabet of English.
    I am not going to add another consonant to the start of that for no apparent reason.

    I find it interesting that a lot of people seem to be saying that Northerns are to blame for pronouncing it wrong - the only people I know who say "haitch" are all Southern.
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    (Original post by Manitude)
    Aitch is the name of the 8th letter in the Latin alphabet of English.
    I am not going to add another consonant to the start of that for no apparent reason.

    I find it interesting that a lot of people seem to be saying that Northerns are to blame for pronouncing it wrong - the only people I know who say "haitch" are all Southern.
    I've moved from the midlands to the south and back again. It is exclusively midlands that use haitch from my experience.
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    I know it's aitch but I just say it as Haitch. I know i'm wrong but don't really care. If people understand what I say then i'm fine with it.
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    H = Haitch!
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    (Original post by IB_19)
    It is definitely aitch. I hate it when people say 'haitch'.
    Yes, I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't forgotten what the proper pronunciation is, it is and has always been 'aitch', yet just about everyone I know says 'haitch', except for my family who get annoyed over it as well. Not something to lose sleep over but it is still slightly irritating.
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    i say `haitch`, i cant pronounce `aitch`

    same as i can barely pronounce many words beginning with `j` and many other things :P

    I don't mind, its just annoying when people laugh at you for not being able to pronounce a particular word.
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    omg i am sooo shocked at the responses, i thought everyone, like me, prouounces haitch :eek:

    :rolleyes:
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    "aitch", I've always been taught that "haitch" is the improper pronunciation and partly cringe when I hear it.

    If it helps with the argument, no one's going to look down on you for saying "aitch" but some will if you say "haitch".
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    I've been sitting here saying "haitch" and "aitch" out loud repeatedly, and I still can't figure out which one I usually use. What's more, I can barely tell a difference between the two, so is it really that important?

    I do, however, recall that my grandad and some of my family with heavy Dundonian accents pronounce it "hitch". :holmes: But then again, they also call pies "pehs" and say "eh" instead of "I".
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    (Original post by sicarius1992)
    There are these things called accents my darlings.
    I don't really see how region would determine how someone pronounces the letter H. I've always been taught that it's grammatically correct to pronounce it as aitch. Also I pronounce words such as 'house' and 'hello' as 'house' and 'hello', as I can tell the difference between the single letter and a word. It's the same with the word 'window', etc. that the W on its own is 'double you'.

    Apparently people were taught to say the letter H as 'haitch' because they were saying things such as hotel as 'otel, which is silly to be honest.

    It irritates me a little bit as people should not think that mispronouncing the eighth letter of the alphabet is acceptable; if they say it fair enough it's their own problem, but I hate it when they make it out as though those who say aitch are in the wrong.
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    (Original post by Raza098)
    I've pronounced it 'Haitch' all my life! :confused:
    Aitch is correct I was taught, but I pronounce it Haitch. It seems silly not to include H in the letter H u know?
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    (Original post by Olie)
    Yes, I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't forgotten what the proper pronunciation is, it is and has always been 'aitch', yet just about everyone I know says 'haitch', except for my family who get annoyed over it as well. Not something to lose sleep over but it is still slightly irritating.
    Agreed. In my school (I'm from the South) there are some people who mispronounce it. If that was an error it would irritate me but if they choose to say it in that way, fair enough, it's their own mistake. But what irritates me even more is when they act as though they are right! Saying things such as "it's 'haitch', anyone who says anything else is wrong". :mad: In my primary school (which is a nicer school) everyone said it as 'aitch'! I don't let these things cloud my everyday thoughts, but it is noticeable, and can be quite annoying.
 
 
 
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