Origin of ha
Origin of ḥā
Origin of hā
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or 1H, Ha
Origin of h.a.
Examples from the Web for ha
Contemporary Examples of ha
I lay there and thrashed about and all I could hear was my father and ‘ha, ha, ha’.Kate and William’s Royal Family Values
September 22, 2014
Is Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (which won the Mann Booker Prize in 1993) the only one of your novels that stands on its own?The Prodigious Roddy Doyle Is the Celtic Tiger of Irish Literature
March 17, 2014
How can she wax poetically about soiling herself at parties and not get branded as sleazy trash, a la Ke$ha?How Jennifer Lawrence Took Over Hollywood. (It’s Not Just Because of Her Charm.)
December 20, 2013
On the other hand, it is annoying—after having predicted everything accurately—to hear “Ha ha yah boo!”Getting It Right on Obamacare
October 31, 2013
I think seeing Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People was one of the first times I said, “A ha!”Billy Bob Thornton’s Favorite (Dysfunctional) Family Films
Billy Bob Thornton
September 11, 2013
Historical Examples of ha
He doesn't want much medicine; that we keep for our enemies,—ha!Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"He was to ha' Janet on condeetion that he made the eldership," he fulsomely explained.Quaint Courtships
I daresay your wife'll have a child just about the time you've spent every ha'penny you possess.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The old faellow would not have trusted me if you had not served me at Elmore's—ha!Night and Morning, Complete
But he'd ha' told anyway, he was so possessed to show that ring.Tiverton Tales
noun plural h's, H's or Hs
- something shaped like an H
- (in combination)an H-beam
Word Origin for h.a.
- magnetic field strength
c.1300, natural expression of surprise, distress, etc.; found in most European languages; in Old English, Greek, Latin, Old French as ha ha. A ha-ha (1712), from French, was "an obstacle interrupting one's way sharply and disagreeably;" so called because it "surprizes ... and makes one cry Ah! Ah!" [Alexander Le Blond, "The Theory and Practice of Gardening," 1712].
the pronunciation "aitch" was in Old French (ache "name of the letter H"), and is from a presumed Late Latin *accha (cf. Italian effe, elle, emme), with the central sound approximating the value of the letter when it passed from Roman to Germanic, where it at first represented a strong, distinctly aspirated -kh- sound close to that in Scottish loch. In earlier Latin the letter was called ha.
In Romanic languages, the sound became silent in Late Latin and was omitted in Old French and Italian, but it was restored in Middle English spelling in words borrowed from French, and often later in pronunciation, too. Thus Modern English has words ultimately from Latin with missing -h- (e.g. able, from Latin habile); with a silent -h- (e.g. heir, hour); with a formerly silent -h- now often vocalized (e.g. humble, humor, herb); and even a few with an excrescent -h- fitted in confusion to words that never had one (e.g. hostage, hermit).
Relics of the formerly unvoiced -h- persist in pedantic insistence on an historical (object) and in obsolete mine host. The use in digraphs (e.g. -sh-, -th-) goes back to the ancient Greek alphabet, which used it in -ph-, -th-, -kh- until -H- took on the value of a long "e" and the digraphs acquired their own characters. The letter passed into Roman use before this evolution, and thus retained there more of its original Semitic value.