Historic or Historical?

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember the explanation of the origins of the idiom, a baker’s dozen by the Australian Writers’ Centre (AWC). Today, they dissect a historic event… or should that be, a historical event? Here’s a Q&A to help you determine which one is correct, courtesy of Dean Koorey.

Historic or Historical?

Historic Morocco | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksHistoric Morocco. Or is that historical Morocco?

Q: I was watching a sports game the other day. One commentator announced that the upset result made it “a historical occasion” for the sport. The other commentator agreed, but he called it “historic” instead. Who is correct?

A: A great question. And you’ll be pleased to know that despite many people often getting it wrong, there really is a clear correct answer.

Q: Wow, English finally comes to the party!

A: Probably three hours late and with no gift, but yes, they’ve made it.

Q: So who’s correct?

A: The second commentator…

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