Why do people think that “a” is “a”?

When I was in the 7th grade, my English teacher, Miss Tharp, stood on her chair in the front of the class and in a loud voice said “‘a’ (she pronounced it “ay”) is not a word.”

We did not understand what she meant until she explained:
The first letter of the English alphabet is  “a”—it is pronounced like the “a” in able.
The indefinite article “a” as in “a book”—it is pronounced like the “a” in about.

Unfortunately, information like this is not taught in elementary school today.

 

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About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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One Response to Why do people think that “a” is “a”?

  1. larry mitchell says:

    of course not, the teachers don’t dare stand up on a stool in front of kids nowadays.

    Larry

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