...and any other matters that take our fancy
A bit like the BBC continuity announcer who says ‘it’s free firty on Chooseday’.
He's a bit slow to the party isn't he if all he's noticed is the haitch? Aitch itself is probably a mutation from much further back in time.On that point, what is Wales doing in the Thames? Oh I see! You meant whales. Why didn't you say so? Or should that be wat are wales doing in the Thames? Tems.
Stewie Griffin and whip?
I don't think he was on the BBC's Christmas (sorry - Seasonal Festivity) Party list...but this makes it a definite no. As I understand it, the "haitch" pronunciation has been a dialectical variant for centuries, so it's nothing new and has some intrinsic sense to it since it references a "h" sound. The BBC has previously avoided it perhaps but I am not too concerned about it...There is far less risk of ambiguity than with "free/three", "four/thaw", "heart/art" etc etc.
I thought perverse cockneys, who invariably drop the 'orrible 'h' but always say 'haitch', pioneered this. No idea why it's seeped onto BBC news.
I think the Beeb's acceptance of 'haitch' was inspired by a Guardian article, a few years ago, which praised the mispronunciation for its 'working-class authenticity' and dismissed 'aitch' as 'posh'. 'Haitch' is, of course, an example of hypercorrection - the speaker is aware that aitch-dropping is a solecism & compensates by inserting them where they are not needed.