History

I was stuck for a topic tonight so I looked up “H”. 

What fun!

Fast Facts

  • The form of the letter probably stood for a fence or posts.
  • Is spelled “aitch” in standard English currently.
  • Is a shibboleth in Northern Ireland: Protestant schools teach aitch; Catholic schools teach haitch
  • In Italian ‘h’ has no phonological value. Its most important uses are to differentiate the spellings of certain short words that are homophones, like present tense forms of the verb avere (‘to have’) (such as hanno, ‘they have’, vs. anno, ‘year’), in short interjections (oh, ehi), and in the digraphs ‘ch’ /k/ and ‘gh’ /ɡ/.
  • The Russian language has no /h/ sound and there is no letter to represent this sound in the Russian alphabet.
Ten Favorite ‘H’ Word (off the top of my head)
  • heliotrope
  • humectant
  • honor
  • happy
  • hallucinate
  • honey
  • hippopotamus
  • hysterical
  • humor
  • haggis
New ‘H’ Words (to me)
  • haft: a handle or hilt; especially, a handle of of a bladed instrument, such as a sword, knife or sickle.
  • hebdomad: a group of seven or a period of seven days; a week.
  • hiddenite: a transparent emerald-green variety of spodumene, used as a gemstone.
  • hoatzin: a brownish, crested bird of tropical South America, having claws on the first and second digits of the wings in the young.
  • hyetal: of or relating to rain or to rainy regions.
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