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Writing of White Day 2020/2/15 14:41
Why is White Day written ホワイトデ instead of ワイトデー?
by Menj (guest)  

Re: Writing of White Day 2020/2/15 18:14
white = ホワイト
day = デイ or デー.
I prefer to デイ but, many perhaps デー.
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Re: Writing of White Day 2020/2/15 20:10
Yes, but why the ほ?
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Re: Writing of White Day 2020/2/15 21:17
There is a distinct [hw] sound at the beginning?
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Re: Writing of White Day 2020/2/19 19:20
Some English speakers DO aspirate a soft H sound on some words which begin with W, such as white, while, what, which etc. The artist Bob Ross for example, tended to say 'hwhite' when referring to the colour.

I imagine that back in the day, the person who decided on the katakana for white in Japanese, referred to a native speaker who aspirated the H.

You can read more on this fascinating topic here:

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/84177/hwat-hwere-and-hwy
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