One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fail to pronounce the letter h at the beginning of words, a characteristic feature of certain dialects.
- ‘‘It's all very well for Blair to slur his consonants and drop his aitches, but that's all put on.’’
- ‘Unlike so many of the older Portuguese he did not drop his aitches; but for all that he used quaint, evocative words, like potah potah for puddle, and seemed to belong to a hermetical world neither Guyanese nor foreign.’
- ‘The character tended to drop his aitches, yielding I never ‘ad it, so I'd ‘ad it as far as judgin’ was concerned.’
- ‘He's another one who drops his aitches.’
- ‘Are we the only ones who drop our aitches and do we really say ‘were’ instead of ` was’.’
- ‘When the soldier speaks he drops his aitches and several other letters.’
- ‘Why do people moan about people dropping their aitches?’
- ‘Commoner Bevin still occasionally drops his aitches; during the war he whipped on his workers with ‘Give ‘itler ‘ell!’’
- ‘If a policeman writes in why does he have to drop his aitches and sound gruff and arrogant?’
- ‘She apparently also has the nicknames ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Fabulous,’ which means that poor Matt has to say those words like shibboleths, or like Eliza Doolittle trying not to drop her aitches.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.