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Herb, herb or 'erb?

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Herb, herb or 'erb?

Which way do you pronounce the word?

Apparently, herb is used in Britain, 'erb by most Americans.

I've always said "herb". Anybody else?
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I say herb also. My understanding of British vs. American -- be it spelling or pronunciation -- is that Canadians are supposed to follow the British way. However, this doesn't hold true across the board, and in my experience most Canadians say erb and erbal.
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Herb is a name, erb is a plant ;)
That's my 2cents worth
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Queue wrote:
Dec 30th, 2009 1:27 am
I say herb also. My understanding of British vs. American -- be it spelling or pronunciation -- is that Canadians are supposed to follow the British way. However, this doesn't hold true across the board, and in my experience most Canadians say erb and erbal.
What about "filet"?

I'll say "filay" mignon but I would "filette" a fish.
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Here's my rules. Depends if its legal or not eg. "Go pick some herbs" vs. "Got any good erb to smoke?"

Its always "filay", unless its plural eg. "Filay o' fish sucks", "filay mignon" or as a verb "filay the giant fish I caught" but "Get a box of chicken fillets from the freezer".

Queue, we usually do side with the Brits, buit have the luxury of switching sides to the yanks when it makes more sense...for instance, we will never say the letter H as "Haych". Makes no sense, Brits say it this way, then never seem to be able to pronounce the "H" again in conversation...eg. " 'Ave you any crisps?" or "I'll give you 'af a pound fer a pint". Must be hanging around the French too much. :)
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bonterra wrote:
Dec 30th, 2009 5:30 am
What about "filet"?

I'll say "filay" mignon but I would "filette" a fish.
I would say 'filay' mignon, and I would 'filay' a fish.
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