Some data on herb, /hw-/

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jan 29 17:07:44 UTC 2001

At 10:16 AM 1/29/01 -0600, you wrote:

>Am I the only person left who pronounces h-less "humble"?  With the
>h, I think it's an oil company -- or at least used to be.
>    --Natalie Maynor (maynor at

I had a former colleague (65-ish) from southern Indiana named Humbles--and
he had a dickens of a time getting people to pronounce his name without an /h/.
(That ref. to "dickens" just reminded me that many of Dickens' characters
were h-less--and I didn't even intend the pun!)

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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