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  1. #1
    Ste J
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    Re: Houston, we have a problem?

    I've never heard the word "homage" pronounced with a silent H. In fact, I've only ever heard the word once on one of my wrestling videos, lol.



  2. #2
    Nora Christie
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    "a" and "an"

    Okay, you grammar mavens. The latest issue of The New Yorker contains not one but two examples of the use of "an homage" (like, paid to someone). I maintain that, because the "h" is sounded, the article should be "a". For example, "a homage long overdue," instead of "an homage long overdue."
    What do you think?

    Nora

  3. #3
    Marlys Pearson
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    Re: "a" and "an"

    The H is frequently silent in homage--some dictionaries give that pronunciation first, some give it second. Presumably the New Yorker goes with the silent crowd.

  4. #4
    Franny T
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    Re: "a" and "an"

    I don't think I've ever heard homage pronounced without a silent H. Where are you from, Nora?

  5. #5
    Gary Kessler
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    Re: "a" and "an"

    I don't think I've ever seen it used with an article at all.

    "He paid homage to his former teacher."

  6. #6
    Keith Cronin
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    Re: "a" and "an"

    Nora must be accustomed to some regional pronunciation with which I'm not familiar.

    I've either heard it pronounced similarly to "Amish" but with a J sound on the end, or the more high-faluting "oh MODGE." But I've never heard it pronounced "HOM idge."

    The place where I've seen it get iffy is with words like "historic." I usually refer to "AN historic event," but would be justified in saying "A historic event," as long as I hit the H pretty clearly.

    Interesting stuff!

    KC

  7. #7
    Steve
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    Re: "a" and "an"

    I usually (when I hear it) hear HOMAGE pronounced with an audible 'H.' I'm from the South.

  8. #8
    Franny T
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    Re: "a" and "an"

    Gary, here's an example: "It wasn't a critique, it was an homage."

  9. #9
    Gary Kessler
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    Re: "a" and "an"

    Which I would render "It wasn't critique, it was homage." It's like "pride." I wouldn't use an article for pride, either (unless we were talking about a lion family).

  10. #10
    Franny T
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    Re: "a" and "an"

    Or maybe you'd say "an act of homage." Well, I'll have to check out how "an homage" was used in the New Yorker.

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