Do Americans drop the "h" in "hey"?

Zook   Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:28 pm GMT
Do Americans drop the "h" in "hey"?
Like - ay how you doing? ay wait a minute!
Ref   Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:13 pm GMT
Yeah. Hay is for horses.
Kooz   Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:26 am GMT
No they don't. Otherwise at least 1 dictionary would report it.
Another Guest   Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:24 am GMT
Fonzi did.
tanneyk   Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:54 am GMT
no we don't. we pronounce the /h/ - this is true of most words that begin w/ h except for the word "herb" which has a silent h.
Hank Chuckbacher Jr   Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:38 am GMT
We Americans even pronounce the 'h' in light, right, sight, tight, blight, fight, bight, slight, dwight, weight, yeah, rough, tough, dough, white, whiz, what, wham, why, wheel, whip, Whitachi, etc etc... Awesome dudes!
Matematik   Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:12 am GMT
In my experience dropping the H is more a feature of British English.
Franco   Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:44 pm GMT
Shut it you god forsaken whore
Connor   Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:44 pm GMT
There are a few actual words (that is, not interjections like "hey") with silent "h" - for instance, "honest", "honor", "homage", "heir". All of these come from French, in which "h" is always silent. Confusingly, "historic" often takes "an" before it instead of "a" - "an historic moment", for example - but it has a pronounced /h/ at the beginning.

This is actually left over from standard early-20th-century practice (and what I think could still be British practice, though I'm probably wrong), where "an" was used if a following word started with "h" but did not have a stressed first syllable - "an hotel", for instance. Americans no longer follow this, but "an historic" is a common enough phrase that a lot of people simply learn it as an exception. I use "a historic", myself, as do most US publications.

Here's a link describing the "a" vs. "an" thing.
Leasnam   Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:05 pm GMT
<<Like - ay how you doing? ay wait a minute! >>

I don't think so. But there is 'eh' which has the sound as if you had dropped the 'h' from 'hey'.