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Chiff or Chief, Cheives or Chiefs, hands or hanks?

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Kleeny

It's funny how people both pronounce and spell handkerchiefs.

I have noticed on some American videos that they can sometimes pronounce it handkerchiff, rather than chief. I like both, but have a preference for Chiefs.

Also when written, when pluralising hankies, there is the difference between handkerchiefs, and handkerchieves. the latter appearing a little old fashioned, but again, I like it. I have a friend who writes handkerchieves and it's quite endearing. 

A lot of people don't realise it's a -kerchief for the hand, as much as a neckerchief is a kerchief for the neck, but I see hank-erchiefs a lot. I don't have a body part called a han! :)

Also, do you prefer hanky's or hankies?

 

 

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Hankysneeze

This is a nice topic! I prefer handkerchief and hankies tbh.

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midnight in paris

Cheef and cheeves (or chives- as in sieves).

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rhinoceros

For me:

Handkerchief, not "handkerchiff"

Handkerchiefs, pronounced "handkerchieves"

Hanky, not "hankie"

Hankies, definitely not "hankys" (doesn't look right) or "hanky's" (sorry but I'm an apostrophe snob!)

But I can live with all of these except the one with the apostrophe. A long time ago when I was young, there was (in the UK) a brand of pocket tissue pack called "Big Chiefs". Cute, I always thought.

Good to have you back, Kleeny!

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sexyhankysneeze

Handkerchiff or handkerchiffs (spelt handkerchief though)

Hanky but hankies

I'm too lazy to use the full name ever so it's always just hanky to me

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Luisa39

Well, I'm American and very much prefer the long "e" ("cheef") pronunciation.  I find it easier to say than "chiff"--and MUCH, MUCH easier to say than "hanky,
 which is a word I have major problems with (I think because, to me, it sounds "cutsey" and undignified).  

 

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rhinoceros
20 hours ago, Luisa39 said:

Well, I'm American and very much prefer the long "e" ("cheef") pronunciation.  I find it easier to say than "chiff"

 

Well, that surprises me because in my experience Americans nearly always say “handkerchiff” - although I admit that this is a very media-biased sample (but should that make a difference?) I know what you mean about “hanky”, which I reserve for use with people I know well. 

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psychlone

handkerchief is what I say and I sometimes shorten to hanky but I usually say the whole word. plural, I say handkerchiefs or, again less often do I shorten it, hankies. 

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Kleeny

Thanks Rhinoceros, good to be back, albeit intermittently. 

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Kleeny

Thanks for all the responses, and it's interesting to read the geographical differences. I do associate Chiff with the US, but then Sexyhankysneeze is from NZ, so there goes my national stereotype! 
 

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Hankyrick

I pronounce them hankies and handkerchief. Although also I have used hanky before too

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Handkerchief Fan

I always use the full word handkerchief and it's handkerchiefs for me.

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