atw: Re: Haitch or Aitch?

I've been told that 'haitch' is mostly used by Australians who went to
Catholic schools. My wife went to an Australian non-Catholic school and was
explicitly warned *against* saying 'haitch'. My own experience may not be
relevant as I didn't go to school in Australia (though I *did* go to a
non-Catholic school and have always said 'aitch').

Does this really come down to religion?

Howard

On 5 January 2012 12:47, Robert Levy <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I’m editing a doc where the writer referred to “a HTML file.”****
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> Both haitch and aitch pronunciations are permitted in Macquarie (though
> haitch is first). This has probably come up many times on this list, but I
> don’t remember it…****
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> The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage says that a survey in 2000
> found that: “43% of younger people (under 25 years) were prepared to say
> that they used “haitch”, but only 6% of those 65 and over.”****
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> Any thoughts?****
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> rwl****
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