An hilarious (note ‘an’ not ‘a’. We’re traditionalists) cat moment, to see us through the credit crunch. Or should that be Credit Crunch? Is it a proper noun now, or what? Innit.

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Jump for the business. Oh go on, you’ve got fuck all to lose. Except around 15 seconds of your life.

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9 comments to “An hilarious (note ‘an’ not ‘a’. We’re traditionalists) cat moment, to see us through the credit crunch. Or should that be Credit Crunch? Is it a proper noun now, or what? Innit.”

  1. Aw, funny.

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  2. I like the thump sound he makes at the end.

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  3. If you vocalise the ‘h’ sound, then it’s just ‘a,’ not ‘an,’ like before any other consonant. It’s only ‘an’ if the ‘h’ is silent like a vowel.

    People who say ‘an’ regardless whenever there’s an ‘h’ nearby are just trying to appear posh without actually having the knowledge to back it up.

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  4. Vocalising the ‘h’ is a modern thing… my old history teacher would always drop his ‘h’s. So he would say ‘an ‘ilarious’ something or other, rather than ‘a hilarious’ something or other.
    Fascinating, no?

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  5. I still tend to make my h’s silent in this scenario, I must say. And interestingly, Betty, it’s because one of my favourite teachers at school always did it. Ooh, linguistics.

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  6. But would you say ‘a hag’ or ‘an ‘ag’?

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  7. While words like ‘hilarious’ and ‘historic’ do begin with a consonant, traditionally words of three or more syllables that begin with an ‘h’ sound are treated differently.It might be common nowadays to say ‘a hilarious’ (unless you are going to drop your ‘h’, when it’ll become ‘an ilarious’ anyway), but back when grammar and pronunciation mattered, the correct way to pronounce it would have been ‘an hilarious’. Holy cripes, where did that come from? Time for a wine and some Triga, methinks.

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  8. No you’re right Pilar – my mum still says ‘an hilarious’ and I always admired her knowledge of grammar. And the way she called me evil when I came out to her. Not one to mince her words.

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  9. Ooh Lulu, snap. My mum was great at telling me how to spell correctly when I was young. She was even better at telling me how sick I made her feel when I told her I liked boys.

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