an historical (pronouncing the h)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 15 03:34:06 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:

> I have always pronounced the H.
> Though now only in private.

I, too, have always pronounced the H. But I have *not* always preceded
said H with _an_. After having come across "an historical" in print, I
thought that it was right boss and made a conscious decision to modify
my grammar to permit that structure. I can't recall that I've ever had
occasion to *speak* "an historical, an heroic," etc.. but I think them
and write them.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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