Re: [gardeners] How do you pronounce herb?

olin (
Tue, 10 Apr 2001 10:22:26 -0700

" The historical pronunciation is urb [short u sound], which still prevails
in the best usage in the United States, although hurbs is also used.  In
England hurb has been use since about 1800, an now apparently prevails in
the best usage."  So it appears they didn't know either.

Everywhere I have lived we would say "a herb" - "an erb" would sound a bit


----- Original Message ----- From: "Margaret Lauterbach"
<>> Okay, I need to know: what is the correct American
pronunciation of
> "Herb"?  Is it "Herb" as in the man's nickname, or is it 'erb?  It makes a
> major difference in selection of indefinite articles.  Thanks, Margaret L