I want you to stop what you’re doing. I want you to look at the word below. I want you to speak it aloud.
How did it sound? Say it again. Did it rhyme with “right”? It should have. Say it again. Did it rhyme with “byte”? It should have. Say it again. Aloud, damn you. “Height” rhymes with “might”.
Think for a second. When you say it, does it sound like “hythe”? If it does, do you realize that you sound like an idiot whenever you say it?
No, it’s not “slang”.
No, it’s not “an accent”.
No, it’s not “just the way we say it here”.
No, it’s not “the same thing”.
The word is h-e-i-g-h-t. It rhymes with “tight”. If you say it any other way, it doesn’t mean you are being eloquent, or fashionable, or rebellious, or cool, or anything other than ignorant.
Unless you have a lisp. If you have a lisp, then you are excused and I’m sorry for making you feel dumb. People with lisps aren’t dumb. People who don’t have lisps but pronounce the word “height” as if they had a lisp are dumb. Are we clear on that?
- acrosst is not the same as across
- axe is not the same as ask
January 24, 2010 Update:
I’ve softened my stance on this issue somewhat in the last year or two. The overwhelming majority of people who say “height” with a closing “th” sound are not saying it that way because they know of its ancient spelling. They are saying it that way because they never learned phonics and / or are poor readers. It was rude of me to say that these people are dumb. I still think that, of course. But it was wrong of me to say it.
New comments are disabled on this post.