RE: A User or An User?

Subject: RE: A User or An User?
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: "'McLauchlan, Kevin'" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, "'Will Husa'" <Will -dot- Husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 12:16:21 -0700

> From: McLauchlan, Kevin

> Has anyone ever heard a Brit refer to a "Nistory" book? Or a
> "n'istorical occasion"? Oi vey!
> And one presumes that English IS their first language... :-)

Well in defense of Brits, the "h" in "history" is silent, but implied. ;-)

Here's some etymological trivia. The word "apron" evolved as an
etymological error from the phrase "a napron." Napron was derived from Old
French "naperon," a derivative of "nape," the source of "napery" and
"napkin." Other words that have suffered from the mistaken use of the
article include "umpire" and "adder." (Source: Dictionary of Word Origins
by John Ayto.)

Personally, I say (and write) "a history book" and I say "an historical
event." I also pronounce either based on the context, so there is eye-ther
or ee-ther, depending on how the sentence sounds, but usually, eye-ther.

Lauren



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