Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Not Really Blog Worthy...

But since I need to write - here's a little brain sludge.

I was thinking last night about how we say "An" before a word that begins with a vowel. It makes good sense. "A apple", for example - just sounds silly. And then, there's "An historic event". What? Why do we do that? Since when does the letter "H" get to be a part of this vowel business?

As I drifted further into slumber, and my thoughts got arguably sillier and sounding more blog worthy, I thought of the early settlers of our country. No doubt those people who made up some of these rules. I got to wondering if they didn't have British accents.

Maybe Hello - that was pronounced, "ello". Chucking "An" before an "H" makes perfect sense when you never pronounce that "H", ya know? "An istoric event" lets say. And, lets say it with a bit of English flair, if you please.

4 comments:

Sooze said...

I (heart) you and your really odd brain.

Just Dave said...

I get it! Only you would make that connection and even in a semi-conscious state.

Claire said...

You know, people go round & round on this one...I just stay out. Another thing that people debate, at least around here, is whether or not the H is silent in "human", "huge", etc. I pronounce my H's....

jaime said...

Oooo, the "human" thing is good. Even with a bit of British, I still would say the "h." And as Eddie Izzard points out, they use hhhhherbs instead of erbs.

Do you use an herb? Well, I'd use an erb, sure, but not an herb.

Is this merely an human issue?