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Come on then. Fess up!
Why are you all saying 'Erb..? Because to tell you the truth, I'm finding it pretty disturbing so you'd better have a good reason..
-- Immy (email@example.com), December 05, 1999
A long time ago when the colonies broke away from the English there were a group of men that met in secret discussing ways that the United States may drive the English insane.
One thin quiet man in the back of the room spoke up. "If we take away all of the h's they will be shaking thier heads in wonder for hundreds of years." Everyone cheered and agreed. From that point on rumors spread across the country to not use h's in the spelling and speaking in the chosen list of words.
They even had Mr. Webster into the plot. Main Entry: herb Pronunciation: '&rb, US also & British usually 'h&rb
Now of course I won't get into the mad plot concocted about space aliens....
-- Brittly (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 05, 1999.
Because the American Society of People Named Herb filed a class action suit against the Herb companies claiming that they were being defamed by having their name also be thw word for spices and garnishs. Judge Judy (because as you know, she is the supreme law here in the United States) agreed and decreed that all references to the word herb that was not meant to refer to Herbert must be pronounced as "erb". And that's the story...
-- John B. (email@example.com), December 06, 1999.
Forget the h in herb ...since when was rout pronounced as rowt..now i cant spell to save ginger spices carear but even i can speak "proper" And as for aluminium.......what's so aluming about it to call it alluminum?
-- Tom (ZZSE7EN@aol .com), December 08, 1999.