tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5663809998836958521.post7465718403673792279..comments2015-02-04T22:35:26.513-05:00Comments on Chris Connolly Online: #12 - People Who Pronounce Height "Heidth"Chris Connollyhttps://plus.google.com/106797317096569855504[email protected]Blogger4125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5663809998836958521.post-38385399867012892302011-01-23T17:03:48.213-05:002011-01-23T17:03:48.213-05:00&quot;Until the end of the seventeenth century, hi...&quot;Until the end of the seventeenth century, highth or heighth were its standard spellings. The word was formed in Old English from high, plus -th, the exact analogue of width, breadth, and length. If word history were the only consideration, we all ought still to be using highth.<br /><br />The reason why we don’t comes down to dialect pronunciation in parts of Northern England in Middle English times, in which the -th ending was pronounced as /t/. In Southern England, it was said instead like the initial th in thumb. During the seventeenth century, the Northern form triumphed over the Southern, and the spelling followed suit. (Width and length didn’t follow because final dt is not a common consonant cluster in English and is hard to say.)<br /><br />However, heighth continued to be widely heard. Charles Dickens used it frequently — as here in Great Expectations: “Pip, I wish you ever well and ever prospering to a greater and a greater heighth”. It still exists in several English dialects down to the present day. It has also survived in parts of North America, which have tended to cling to older pronunciations.<br /><br />Because of its odd history, we can hardly argue that highth is truly an error, more an archaism. Though nearly everyone now spells it height, it’s not that uncommon to hear it said as &quot;heighth&quot; among educated people in North America, and some authorities there consider it to be a permissible variant.&quot;Anonymous[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5663809998836958521.post-30870435224432371552010-07-26T18:46:05.381-04:002010-07-26T18:46:05.381-04:00So they pronounce it to rhyme with width.... so &q...So they pronounce it to rhyme with width.... so &quot;hit-th&quot;? You suck more than she does.xxxhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08461521728378748174[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5663809998836958521.post-45730341823837951262009-04-13T01:13:00.000-04:002009-04-13T01:13:00.000-04:00Fuck youFuck youAnonymous[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5663809998836958521.post-70252228096520380322009-02-22T21:13:00.000-05:002009-02-22T21:13:00.000-05:00What's the derivation of the word fontrum? What w...What's the derivation of the word fontrum? What words did your friend put together to create this word?Anonymous[email protected]