This came across my iPhone’s newsfeed this morning:Bear in mind that I’m an atheist, but when I saw this headline, all I could think of was, “God help us.”
I saw an article that popped up on my iPhone’s news feed this morning. It was about the U.S. and the Taliban having signed a peace agreement and it contained a sentence that read:
After a week-long “reduction in violence,” the US and Taliban have signed a historic agreement Saturday, which would set into motion the drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan and potentially pave the way to ending America’s longest-fought war.
My post, by the way, has nothing to do with that “historic agreement.” It does have to do, as the image at the top hints, with historic articles, though.
When I read that sentence, I was struck by the phrase “a historic.” Way back in my school days I was taught that the article “an” should be used before the letter “h.” After all, you wouldn’t say “I’ll meet you in a hour.” You’d say “…an hour.” Likewise, “It would be an honor,” not “a honor.” Right?
So the sentence in the article, based upon what I had learned, should have read “…have signed an historic agreement….”
Now I’m second guessing myself. Was I taught the wrong thing? Am I misremembering? Did I dream the whole thing up?
So, of course, I Googled it. Most of the sites I found said that “a historic” is correct. As one site explained:
The article “an” is correct before historic if the word is pronounced “istoric.” “A” is the correct article if the word is pronounced “historic,” beginning with an h sound. In print, at least in the United States, where the word is normally pronounced with an h, the correct written form is “a historic.”
Another site put it simply:
Here’s the basic rule: If the word begins with a consonant sound, the correct article is “a.” If the word begins with a vowel sound, the correct article is “an.”
So was I taught the wrong grammatical rule in my formative years, or did I just misunderstand how to apply the rule? In any event, “a historic” sounds awkward to me, while “an historic” sounds right.
What about you? Do you use an “a” or an “an” before the word “historic”?
“I swear, I have looked everywhere for them,” Josh said.
“Do you remember where you saw them last?” Hal asked.
“Come on, Hal,” Josh said. “What kind of stupid question is that? If I could remember where I last saw them, they wouldn’t be lost, would they?”
“Well excuse me, Sherlock,” Hal said sarcastically. “They didn’t just disappear, you know.”
“I have to trace back my steps,” Josh said. “That’s my only hope for finding those gloves.”
“Why don’t you just buy a new pair?” Hal asked. “There’s a Target a few blocks from here.”
“You know that those gloves were my father’s,” Josh said. “They’re one of just a few items I have left of his. They’re irreplaceable. I can’t believe I left them somewhere.”
“So what did you do first today?” Hal asked.
“I walked the dog.”
“And you wore the gloves?”
“I usually do. It’s still pretty chilly in the mornings,” Josh said.
“Do you recall taking them off when you got back from the walk?” Hal said.
“Omigod!” Josh shouted. “I sat on the park bench to check the newsfeed on my iPhone for a minute or two and took the gloves off to scroll though the news stories.”
“It’s only been a few hours,” Hal said. “Maybe they’re still on the bench where you left them.”
“Grab your jacket,” Josh ordered.
Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit Matt Seymour via Unsplash.
Also written for today’s one-word prompt, “disappear.”
Starting today I am making a new commitment to myself.
I am going to commit to stop watching cable news on TV all the time.
I’m going to commit to stop constantly looking at the newsfeed on my iPhone.
I’m going to commit to reading only the sports section of the newspaper.
I’m going to commit to watching only comedy shows on TV, reading only lightweight, “escapist” books, and going to see movies that are not at all political.
I will refrain from engaging in conversations involving current events or politics.
I will commit to maintaining a positive perspective, irrespective of the lunacy that appears to be swirling around us all.
I will commit to my sanity.
This post is my entry into today’s one-word Daily Post using the word “commit.