How Do You Spell H?

Why do British say H wrong?

In Britain, H owes its name to the Normans, who brought their letter “hache” with them in 1066.

Almost two thousand years later we are still split, and pronouncing H two ways: “aitch”, which is posh and “right”; and “haitch”, which is not posh and thus “wrong”..

Why is H pronounced aitch?

Because it was pronounced “em” in post-classical Latin from at least the fourth century, and English has adopted that pronunciation. … And the name “aitch” for “h,” the OED says, goes back through the Middle English ache to the Old French and Spanish ache, then probably to the late Latin accha, ahha, or aha.

How do you spell Y?

Y or y is the 25th and penultimate letter of the ISO basic Latin alphabet and the sixth vowel letter of the modern English alphabet.

Why can’t Irish say th?

Their accent. Some English accents (and Scottish, Welsh, American, Australian) also don’t pronounce every sound as it ‘should’ be pronounced. Some change how they say an ‘r’, some, including some of the Irish, change ‘th’. … Because that sound didn’t and doesn’t exist in the Irish language.

Why do British say Zed?

The primary exception, of course, is in the United States where “z” is pronounced “zee”. The British and others pronounce “z”, “zed”, owing to the origin of the letter “z”, the Greek letter “Zeta”. This gave rise to the Old French “zede”, which resulted in the English “zed” around the 15th century.