Historic versus Historical

  • Historical = something old, like an old house
  • Historic = something old and important, like an old house where a famous author lived
  • Try to avoid using “historically” to modify the word “important” because that can lead to confusion.
  • If you could say “important occasion,” then go with “historic occasion” instead of “historical occasion.”
  • Use “a” instead of “an” because we pronounce the “h” in both historic and historical (unless you are speaking like the Herman’s Hermits’ song, “I’m (H)enry the Eighth, I Am”). 🙂

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