Thursday, January 07, 2010

Now You're Just Being Wheird

Stephen Metcalf (who, based on what I've heard of him on the Slate Gabfest podcasts, is either a brilliantly incisive critic or an insufferable poseur--I can't decide) has an article on Slate--a 50th anniversary re-review of A Separate Peace. In it, he recounts his own experiences as a young man attending Exeter:

"I remember too the giant birdlike rectitudinous old men, Latin teachers who audibly aspirated the H in while and whom..."
Everyone aspirates the H in "whom"--it's the W that is silent.

But of course no discussion of audibly-aspirated H's would be complete without this:

And while we're at it, I just had to see this again: