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On Wed, 26 Apr 2000 06:21:52 +0100 Raymond Brown <[log in to unmask]>
writes:
> It was Semitic letter 'He:t', representing IIRC a voiceless,
> pharyngeal
> fricative and written as H.  (The equivalent letter in the modern
> Hebrew
> alphabet is now pronounced [x]).

> Ray.
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Only by those who can't, or don't for subcultural reasons, pronounce it
the pharyngeal way.  Before i got the knack of it i met an Israeli girl
who insisted that people saying her name pronounce it the "correct" way,
[Hofit], and specifically not [xofit] or [hofit].
Now, of course, i use [H] all the time, and people think that i'm
Sephardic...


-Stephen (Steg)

 ASHKENAZ POWER!  RESIST ISRAELI LINGUICISM!
 [txi hasOfO hO'?IvrIs] !