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Monday, January 20, 2003
The letter phone in
While driving round the Australian countryside, I have frequently listened to the radio. Often, I got out of range and most of the time the subject was of no consequence but there was one particular programme where I really wanted to hear the conclusion.
This crucial programme spent an hour discussing what to call the letter 'h' in English. I was amazed that the discussion could last so long. Every participant had his or her own argument whether to call the entity 'aitch' or 'haitch'. I do not know whether to be pleased or sorry that I went out of range. Probably it was better for my blood pressure to have missed the conclusion. 'Haitch', forsooth...
It's also about time that the description of the English letter 'z' was standardised as 'zed', not 'zee' - the latter is too easily confused with 'cee'.
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