:: Campaign manager Jim Messina wrote in an e-mail to supporters that Obamas fundraising efforts in 2012 mark a historic record for grass-roots politics. ::
Grammer fuzz...it is “AN HISTORIC” not “a historic”...numbnuts!
posted on 10/06/2012 10:38:28 AM PDT
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So you do not pronounce the ‘h’ in historic?
Either way is acceptable though Messina’s way is preferred.
Grammer fuzz...it is AN HISTORIC not a historic...numbnuts!
You're good to go if you drop the "h" in pronouncing "historic". Here's the rule
So many of you asked whether "a historic" should have been "an historic" that I thought I'd better answer the question here, even though it was the topic of last week's Grammar Girl podcast and there was a link to it in the newsletter.
The choice between "a" and "an" is governed by the first sound of the next word. If it's a consonant sound, choose "a"; if it's a vowel sound, choose "an." Although there are regional variations, the standard American pronunciation of "historic" starts with a consonant sound (just like the words "hit," "hipster," and "highlighter"), so the correct choice is "a historic." There's nothing special about "historic" that exempts it from the standard rule.
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