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3-15-2009 @ 10:56PM
Isn't it: So you want a be a herbalist?
3-15-2009 @ 11:37PM
No, it's "an herbalist." Look it up.
3-16-2009 @ 12:54AM
It's an actively contested part of grammar. And as far as I can tell, Strunk and White has no opinion on it, leaving me for once confused!
3-16-2009 @ 2:40AM
While h isn't a vowel, when used in herb it's silent.an isn't used when a vowel starts the word after it, it's used when a vowel SOUND starts the word after it.
3-16-2009 @ 3:34AM
The Americans silence out the h and pronounce herb as 'urb', making it 'an herbalist' . Generally, if chosing between a and an, you go with speaking over writing. 'An urbalist'. British English actually keeps the h, so there 'a herbalist' is the proper choice.
3-16-2009 @ 3:37AM
'H' in herb is silent only in American English.Only in America!
3-16-2009 @ 6:20AM
It always make me laugh when I ever here an American say " 'erb" instead of "herb".I wonder where it comes from. Is it some kind of effete affectation to make them sound more French you reckon? :pAs mentioned above, to the rest of the world and of course more importantly the British, the H in herb is NOT silent :)
3-16-2009 @ 5:57AM
In addition to squatting on continents where they aren't wanted, the British also add syllables to words that don't need them. Hey dummies, it's alumiNUM. Try using a dictionary before you correct American dialect.
3-16-2009 @ 6:18AM
Amusingly, a search on google.com for "Aluminum" returns as it's first hit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlumINIUM. Apparently INIUM is the international standard and INUM is the American variation.And as we all know, neither Google nor Wikipedia can be wrong.
3-16-2009 @ 8:02AM
@NaughtyMy dictionary says AlluminIum.Those extra syllables are tough though, maybe we should cut it down for simplicities sake. While we're at it we could also start replacing 'C's with 'S's and 'S's with 'Zs purely for the zake of pretending we zpeak a differentium languagium.... oh waitz... you guyz alreadium didium thatium.(defence,defense, realise,realize)
3-16-2009 @ 10:04AM
Everyone knows we just add letters to cheat at scrabble...get back on topic! /derailI'll have to steal the mage idea for this because I was kind of pretending I didn't even have herbalism at the moment for his inscription.
3-16-2009 @ 12:52PM
GAH! For the intellectual benefit of pompous Commonwealth members (@Tenchan and @Serrat), I will reiterate that the British English pronunciation of "herb" is an innovation, while the American English pronunciation without the "h" sound was actually retained from the original, as the word was borrowed from French. See my post later in the thread and be enlightened. I suppose it won't help your hubris, though.
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