When you pronounce H, do you say “aitch” or “haitch”? I believe I’ve declared my preference in the title already – I’m an aitch type.

I came across this interesting article from the ABC, discussing peoples’ usage of the two different pronunciations, and what that means, which, as the article points out, we can’t know for certain.

It focusses on Australian usage, but this is relevant to all English-speakers. I still remember moving to England as a child, convinced there was such a thing as normal English, with one universal and correct way for spelling, pronunciation and accent. And then my newest friend said “haitch” in a way that wrenched my brain open. It hurt at the time, but hey, that’s how you broaden your mind.



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