Nam Kunzel asked, updated on September 28th, 2021; Topic:
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H is silent in many English words, for various reasons. ... Not all such words that have come into English from French still have a silent h, however. Over the centuries we have come to pronounce the h in words like horrible, hospital, host, human, and humour.
On top of this, is a pronounced A or uh? There are two ways to say 'a' when it is used as an indefinite article, these two pronunciations are: “aye” (/eɪ/) or “uh” (/ə/). Both pronunciations are correct and it is really a matter of personal preference which one you use.
Anyhow, do you pronounce the h in huge?
1 Answer. Your premise is incorrect. Most people pronounce the /h/ in both human and huge. And out of those people who drop the /h/ in human, most of them also drop the /h/ in huge, humor, humid, and so forth.
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".
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