Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Not for the first time I hear the letter H in an acronym (in this case, HTML) pronounced with a strong initial aspiration, as if starting with an /h/ sound. Online dictionaries (both BrE and AmE) don’t acknowledge the variant with the initial /h/.

There’s another common initial h, also absent from dictionaries, that has been amusing me for quite some time — it’s the initial /h/ in words beginning with wh-: all those whens, whats, wheres, maybe whales. As if an echo from the opening Beowulf’s Hwæt. I think I only heard that from BrE speakers.

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