heighth vs height : Common Errors in English

About heighth vs height

“Width” has a TH at the end, so why doesn’t “height”? In fact it used to, but the standard pronunciation today ends in a plain “T” sound. People who use the obsolete form misspell it as well, so pronunciation is no guide. By the way, this is one of those pesky exceptions to the rule, “I before E except after C,” but the vowels are seldom switched, perhaps because we see it printed on so many forms along with “age” and “weight.”

height Meaning(s)

  • (n) the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top
  • (n) the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  • (n) (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
  • (n) elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface

height in News

  1. In the lab: Waist circumference is competing with BMI for health risk measure, expert says

    Body Mass Index is flawed and the height-weight ratio is a better measure for health risk, says one expert. But the BMI is still the best measure until height-waist ratio is more precise, says another.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  2. Surf queen tames monster waves

    Fourteen meters. It's the same height as a four-story building. Or three London double-decker buses. Or, if your imagination will stretch that far, two Tyrannosaurus Rexes standing on each other's shoulders.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

  3. Predicting Obesity In Infants Based On Height And Weight Measurements

    Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By using a formula which includes height and weight instead of body mass index ( BMI ), researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Texas Tech University found they could predict obesity in children by age 5, according to a report in the journal Clinical Pediatrics . “Almost from birth, we quickly saw this growth pattern emerge in our ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: redOrbit

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