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  • Is it only Australians that pronounce the letter h as though it starts with an h?
    Perhaps only South Australians?
    In Nz I'm sure we say aitch, but I've noticed a lot of Aussies saying haitch
    Drivingme fucken batshit!
    Any of you say haitch?
    sorry keyboard buggered so no speech marks to make this clearer



  • Despite the fact I'm a visitor in their country I growl my Australian friends when they pronounce an H that abominable way.
     
    Have you had a few quiet ones bro?



  • This is an odd one. In the UK it is generally aitch but when used at the beginning of words always has the aspirant H. In French the H is never pronounced and the letter is pronounced asche.
     
    Personally I can't stand the use of it as Haitch and for me this is important as my name begins with H and is often foreshortened to Aitch but when some ball-sack calls me Haitch I cringe.
     
    As to the Australian question.. who cares?




  • Mitchell & Webb, as ever, nail it



  • Not much going on your way at the moment Siam?



  • I remember having that conversation when I was teaching. One of the trainers was an English guy, who said it was ok to teach haitch if that was how we said it. Everyone looked at him as though he was mental. There were teachers from the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, UK, NZ, and not one pronounced the letter in that fucking awful way.



  • Catholics here have been known to say it. My parents grew up in South Australia and never did.
    Remember: you're close to Victoria where you are, so you're in a weird, semi-inbred / cross-bred situation.



  • I used to hear it regularly in Oz and put it down to poor breeding. Have been encountering it a bit in the UK as well so my theory still stands



  • Siam you can shoot anyone who says Haitch, and remember you have the backing of the Fern should the police ask any awkward questions.



  • Hate it. Fairly widespread in my experience of West Island.
    What is more annoying is the insistence on prouncing the L in Norfolk or Holmes.
    More recently I've heard "onn-ly" or "fokkis" (for focus). With short vowels instead of long. Seems to be a Queensland thing.



  • I used to hear it regularly in Oz and put it down to poor breeding. Have been encountering it a bit in the UK as well so my theory still stands
    Remember: those people in the UK are the ones your weird vowels base themselves on.



  • Remember: those people in the UK are the ones your weird vowels base themselves on.

    What's the source of rhe Aussie accent? Recessive genetics caused the population to sport undescended testicles?
    Back on topic haitch is one of those petty irritations like people saying fillem instead of film or chicks putting half a dozen extra pillows on the bed you have to remove before you can actually use the bed that are probably the reason the uber killer tipped over the edge.



  • Aussie nasal inflection probably due to not wanting to swallow flies, so talking with griited teeth?



  • Aussie nasal inflection probably due to not wanting to swallow flies, so talking with griited teeth?

    Sounds legit.



  • Asked my son what he says and its haitch. I just realised I do too, but my accent is pretty farked up these days. I get routinely mistaken for a South African and even a Pom (that person is dead to me). My wife is Norwegian but sometimes people think I'm the Norwegian one.



  • Asked my son what he says and its haitch. I just realised I do too, but my accent is pretty farked up these days. I get routinely mistaken for a South African and even a Pom (that person is dead to me). My wife is Norwegian but sometimes people think I'm the Norwegian one.

    :shock: So have fun cheering for your boy Pocock and your Wallabies tonight then.



  • Sounds legit.

    Definitely in some places. I couldn't believe how few flies there were when I first moved to Sydney from the bush. Then some old bloke told me the brand new apartment complex I was renting in was built on an old military chemical storage  :shock:



  • Used to work with a girl who said "haitch". Banned her from using the radio at work. Problem solved.
     
    Disgraceful pronunciation that made my skin crawl.



  • Some Irish use haitch as well



  • Some Irish use haitch as well

    My understanding was that the Australian use of haitch has originates from catholic schools and Irish nuns.
    That's what I was told when living there anyway.