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Mark Mandel mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 20 19:01:42 EDT 2018


When I read that IPA aloud, it sounds to me like an exaggerated US Southern
(Texas?) drawl.

Mark Mandel

On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 1:36 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> An essentially irrelevant anecdote
>
> Years ago, I read in NewsTIME you could tell a catholic Northern Irishman
> from a Protestant Northern Irishman by the way that each pronounced the
> name of the letter, _H h_. Catholics used "haitch," whereas Protestants
> used the expected "aitch."
> As chance would have it, a fellow-Catholic had met two
> Northern-Irish-Catholic women and called me to make a fourth. A chance to
> find out whether what I had read was true!
>
> After a half-hour or so of chit-chit, I popped the question: is it true,
> what they say, that Catholics say "haitch"? Since I believed what I had
> read, I was shocked, shocked! when they answered, "No, that's not true."
>
> Well, what do you say, then?
>
> We say "he-etch" [hı.ɛtʃ], not [hɛıtʃ].
>
>
>

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