• ARRSE have partnered with Armadillo Merino to bring you an ARRSE exclusive, generous discount offer on their full price range.
    To keep you warm with the best of Merino gear, visit www.armadillomerino.co.uk and use the code: NEWARRSE40 at the checkout to get 40% off!
    This superb deal has been generously offered to us by Armadillo Merino and is valid until midnight on the the 28th of February.

Why say "Leftenant" and not "Lootenant"?

Dear All,
just been asked a question by a civvy work colleague as to why the British say "Leftenant" and not "Lootenant" as per the French and US?
Must admit, it has never crossed my mind and I do not know. Was there a specific time/reason why we added an "F" to the spoken word?
Funny. I was once told by an english teacher, it had to do with the way lieutenant was written on a commision historically, with a latin V being used instead of U.

So people would sometimes read it as Lievtenant and pronounce it "leff," which stuck.

Latest Threads