What About Whale? The [w] Vs. [hw] Debate

By Maria Cypher

March 31, 2009

Pronunciation is very important to us here at Catchword.  That’s why we would like to share this with you: the excellent folks at Daily Writing Tips have weighed in on the question that’s on everyone’s mind, Should you pronounce the “h” in “-wh-“ words like whistle, whiz, and overwhelm?

DWT’s balanced response is very much in accord with my linguist colleague Laurel Sutton’s assertion that there is no “should” in the evolution of language.

Even so, those of us who pronounce the “h” may, just occasionally, continue to whine over “whine” over wine.

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