Tuesday, February 22, 2011

An Historic Can Go To Hell!

An Historic Can Go To Hell!

Yeah, that's right I said it. I was going to use Hispanic instead of Historic, but that wouldn't have gone over well.

This is probably one of those grammar cases where I have plenty of support but plenty of detractors, too. Lots of people on both sides of the fence. Doing research for this post, I was not trying to find evidence of one way being correct or not. I already know I'm correct. I merely needed a few examples from Wikipedia.

Here's the problem. What is with people using the article "an" before a non-silent H? The question is simple. Why? When I hear Alex Trebek read an answer on Jeopardy with "an historical" in it, that is an immediate channel changer. It could be the World Championships Double Jeopardy Extravaganza and oops, my ears are bleeding to that phrase. How's that for a Pet Peeve?

Now, I am not advocating that an hour, an heir, or an honorable grammar discussion are incorrect. Those H words have silent H's at the beginning and therefore deserve the "an" before them. However, it is pure laziness to not pronounce the H in Historic or Hypothesis or Hispanic when you use an indefinite article in front of it. Do you otherwise talk about your Ypothesis on Istoric buildings and the Ispanic population of Miami? I didn't think so!

So if you're trying to be snobby or speak all proper Queens's English and stuff (and you're not British), knock it off. You too, Alex! You're Canadian as I found out when I almost wrote you in for US President in my college years.

Finally, if you want to hear a funny "Hello" without the H, check out the little girl trying out her best British Accent in the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston movie "Just Go With It". If you are not patient enough to watch a 33 second video, it's at 13 seconds.