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When should one use 'historical' rather than "historic"?

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    cobblelandposted 8 years ago

    When should one use 'historical' rather than "historic"?

  2. Ohma profile image74
    Ohmaposted 8 years ago

    I believe that A building is historic while an event is historical. I hope that helps.

  3. J. Kumm profile image57
    J. Kummposted 8 years ago

    I found this:

    "Historic is a word which implies judgment, since by definition it describes something significant. But . . . historical is an essentially neutral term, describing anything which occurred in the (distant) past."
    (Philip Gooden, Who's Whose: A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words, Walker & Company, 2004)"

    http://grammar.about.com/od/alightersid … cgloss.htm

  4. StuartJ profile image80
    StuartJposted 7 years ago

    If something is "historic" it is of importance in history.

    If it is "historical" it is simply something that happened in the past.

    The two can have completely different implications -- if something is historical it is in the past -- gone, and of no further significance. But an historic event is still of great importance or significance.

    The OED gives this as the current sense of historic:

    "esp. Forming an important part or item of history; noted or celebrated in history; having an interest or importance due to connexion with historical events. (The prevailing current sense.)"