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What is mean by H symbol?

HydrogenHydrogen, symbol H, a chemical element.

How old is the letter H?

The letter 'H' came from the Egyptians and used as a symbol for fence. It made a breathy sound when pronounced so early academicians thought that it was not necessary and the British and Latin scholars eventually dropped the letter H from the English alphabet by around 500 AD.

Why is H pronounced aitch?

The earlier Latin pronunciation is uncertain. And the name “aitch” for “h,” the OED says, goes back through the Middle English ache to the Old French and Spanish ache, then probably to the late Latin accha, ahha, or aha. The earlier Latin name was ha and the Greek name was heta.

How is the letter H pronounced?

H, or h, is the eighth letter in the ISO basic Latin alphabet. Its name in English is aitch (pronounced /ˈeɪtʃ/, plural aitches), or regionally haitch /ˈheɪtʃ/....HOther letters commonly used withh(x), ch, gh, nh, ph, sh, ſh, th, wh, (x)h18 more rows

What letter is 0 in the alphabet?

O, or o, is the fifteenth letter in the ISO basic Latin alphabet and the fourth vowel letter in the modern English alphabet. Its name in English is o (pronounced /ˈoʊ/), plural oes.

What does H mean in Greek?

h, eighth letter of the alphabet. It corresponds to Semitic cheth and Greek eta (Η).

Is Haitch correct?

First, you won't find 'haitch' in the dictionary, only the correct spelling aitch. The name of the letter comes from Old French ache of the 1500s and first spelt so in English, when it was related to the Old English word ache, from æce. At this time it was pronounced "ache" or "aitch".

How do you spell Z?

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Why do Americans say H differently?

Our American cousins seem sometimes to arbitrarily decide that they shall pronounce a word in the French style even if it has been an English word for nearly a thousand years. Thus they leave the "h" silent in herb, just as the French do.

How do I spell the number 8?

The spelling of 8 is “Eight.”

Why H is silent in English?

H is silent in many English words, for various reasons. Sometimes it is because of the word's derivation (e.g. messiah from Hebrew or rhapsody from Greek); sometimes it is as a result of elision (e.g. shepherd, exhaust).

Is the letter H silent in English?

A silent “h” can be found at the beginning ( h onor), middle (ag h ast), or end (stomac h ) of words. An “h” can be silent on its own, or as part of a consonant digraph (a combination of letters that produce one single sound). A few examples of words with a silent “h” are: ec h o, h onest, psyc h ic, and w h ile.

What does H stand for in history?

The word originally entered the language from French as autour, but around the 1500s, scribes started inserting the h and changed it into author. Scribes also put Hs on the beginning of words, even though the Hs remained silent, as in the words honest and historical.

When did Aitch become Haitch?

In a 1944 session of Australian Parliament, then-Senate president Gordon Brown said he had heard various members of Parliament pronounce H as 'haitch'. 'Whereas its proper pronunciation,' Brown opined, 'is aitch.

Is H silent in Latin?

h is fully pronounced and never 'silent'. s is always as in "see" and never voiced as in "wise". ch represents Greek Χ χ (chi) and is nearly equal to a hard Latin "c", the only difference being that ch is aspirated (it is pronounced with an additional puff of air).

Is H pronounced in Greek?

Greek does not have a letter "H," but it does have an "H" sound. The sound can be found in three "double letters": theta, chi, phi (th, ch, and ph). The other place where the "H" sound can be found is at the beginning of words that begin with a vowel.


H, or h, is the eighth letter in the ISO basic Latin alphabet. Its name in English is aitch , or regionally haitch /ˈheɪtʃ/.


The original Semitic letter Heth most likely represented the voiceless pharyngeal fricative (ħ). The form of the letter probably stood for a fence or posts.
The Greek Eta 'Η' in archaic Greek alphabets, before coming to represent a long vowel, /ɛː/, still represented a similar sound, the voiceless glottal fricative /h/. In this context, the letter eta is also known as Heta to underline this fact. Thus, in the Old Italic alphabets, the letter Heta of the Euboe…

Name in English

For most English speakers, the name for the letter is pronounced as /eɪtʃ/ and spelled "aitch" or occasionally "eitch". The pronunciation /heɪtʃ/ and the associated spelling "haitch" is often considered to be h-adding and is considered non-standard in England. It is, however, a feature of Hiberno-English, as well as scattered varieties of Edinburgh, England, and Welsh English, and in Australia and Nova Scotia.

Use in writing systems

In English, ⟨h⟩ occurs as a single-letter grapheme (being either silent or representing the voiceless glottal fricative (/h/) and in various digraphs, such as ⟨ch⟩ /tʃ/, /ʃ/, /k/, or /x/), ⟨gh⟩ (silent, /ɡ/, /k/, /p/, or /f/), ⟨ph⟩ (/f/), ⟨rh⟩ (/r/), ⟨sh⟩ (/ʃ/), ⟨th⟩ (/θ/ or /ð/), ⟨wh⟩ (/hw/ ). The letter is silent in a syllable rime, as in ah, ohm, dahlia, cheetah, pooh-poohed, as well as in certain other words (mostly of French origin) such as hour, honest, herb (in American but not British English) and vehicle (in certain varie…

Related characters

• H with diacritics: Ĥ ĥ Ȟ ȟ Ħ ħ Ḩ ḩ Ⱨ ⱨ ẖ ẖ Ḥ ḥ Ḣ ḣ Ḧ ḧ Ḫ ḫ ꞕ Ꜧ ꜧ
• IPA-specific symbols related to H: ʜ ɦ ʰ ʱ ɥ ᶣ ɧ
• ꟸ: Modifier letter capital H with stroke is used in VoQS to represent faucalized voice.
• ᴴ : Modifier letter H is used in the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet

See also

• American Sign Language grammar
• List of Egyptian hieroglyphs#H

External links

• The dictionary definition of H at Wiktionary
• The dictionary definition of h at Wiktionary
• Lubliner, Coby. 2008. "The Story of H." (essay on origins and uses of the letter "h")