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Re: "English" questions by peripatetically on 3 December 2008 7:53pm
"An" in preceding historic and hour is terribly difficult on the ears and no less easier on the tongue.
Re: "English" questions by geordiegirl on 3 December 2008 8:35pm
It DOES depend a bit where you come from, Patty. People in the English Midlands don't sound the 'h' at all, people from the north-east (me) and north-west do. North Londoners sound it.People in the south-west do.

It intrigues me to hear Americans say 'erb' when lots in UK would always say 'Herb'. One of my favourite expressions is Huh! - all the h's sounded loudly.
Re: "English" questions by Spursfan on 3 December 2008 11:25pm
Funniest thing here in Stafford is that we say 'buzz' for the bus. 'I caught the buzz to work' we say. Well, actually I don't - I say 'bus' since I had elocution lessons at school and talk proper - like.

Re: "English" questions by mrsthing on 4 December 2008 5:48pm
Patty, you say "a hour"? But the h isn't aspirated in "hour", so "an" would be all right.

I don't find "an hysterical" or "an historic" hard on my ears, but that's probably because I grew up saying it that way. "An hurricane" sounds wrong, though, as does "an head of lettuce" or "give me an hand".
Re: "English" questions by peripatetically on 4 December 2008 11:38pm
My mistake Judy. An hour is the way we say it. down here. I've been so pre-occupied and rushed these days that I'm not proof reading my posts. A million apologies.
Re: "English" questions by bIG bLOGGER on 5 December 2008 2:36pm
I recently responded on the Internet to a letter/opinion someone had written to an American newspaper :"The Californian",and I mentioned the word 'ironic',and somebody posted me back to tell me "Americans don't do irony",which got me wondering if that can be true,or not? Is it that Americans are not comfortable using irony,or they just don't understand it?
Do Americans have the word 'irony' in their dictionaries? Which reminds me that singer/songwriter Alanis Morrisette composed a very clever song titled : "(Isn't it)Ironic",which was a clear demonstration of what irony is all about,but then I think Alanis is Canadian,from Ottawa,Ontario,so therefore not American.
Re: "English" questions by peripatetically on 5 December 2008 11:09pm
Of course it's in our dictionaries. We aren't from Mars!!!!!
Re: "English" questions by kazzzz on 6 December 2008 12:22am
or Scotland:)
Re: "English" questions by MMMmmm... on 6 December 2008 1:09am
bb - I think irony may be much more common in England - we have it here some, but mostly we have sarcasm and all kinds of attitudes. Honestly, irony is a bit too subtle and clever for some Americans. Subtlety can get a little lost in multi-culturalism.
Re: "English" questions by peripatetically on 6 December 2008 12:38pm
I wouldn't group just Americans who irony is a bit too subtle for. Sure, there are less educated people here, but that goes for anywhere on the planet. We use irony all the time, but some may not know that's what it is. We use it in our language like anybody else, but that doesn't mean each time that the person says, "Oh, that's irony. It just is!
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