'istory of the US and UK

Subject: 'istory of the US and UK
From: Mike Toogood <miket -at- KTGROUP -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 11:08:07 +0100

>> Is it

>> a history
>> or

>> an history?

>The determination is from the sound of the first letter, not whether it
>is a vowel.

>In Liverpool it might be 'istory, but in the U.S. it's History and
>clearly not a vowel sound.

>Buck Buchanan

Hi Buck,
In Liverpool, England, it is certainly history.

In parodies of 19th Century working class Londoners, they are often
portrayed as dropping the 'h' sound. In reality, speech is more subtle than
that - even if the 'h' was dropped it would still be said as "a 'istory"

BTW, nobody here really speaks like the 'English' bank robber in the
Simpsons either.

Does everybody in the US say "Have a nice day" at every opportunity - like
they do on TV?

Mike Toogood, Technical Author, RMS Services Ltd.
Part of the Knowledge Group.
miket -at- ktgroup -dot- co -dot- uk

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