Lesson #361: The Letter H

At the risk of sounding something like a Sesame Street advert, today is being brought to you by the letter H.

I learned something very interesting about the letter H today and it’s that the letter existed in Late Latin, was dropped from Old and Middle French entirely, and then started reappearing in Modern English.

Take, for example, the word habit (in the clerical sense, not the things-you-do-a-lot sense). The Latin word is habitus, the Middle French is abit, and then English tacked the H back on to make habit.

You can read more about it here and here.

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