[quote=“daasgrrl”]What I want to know is: did you get into the whole “a historic”/“an historic” debate as well? I always thought it was “a”, no question… until I noticed newsreaders both in Australia and on BBC World using “an”. I’ve heard the occasional usage on CNN too, although it’s less common. It drives me nuts, but there it is.
Oh, and I reckon strategical not being a proper word is just one of those things, because the English language is, after all, known for its great consistency :? Give it time, it may actually become a word if enough people use it… [/quote]
I get annoyed with “an historian” as well. We use “an” for words that begin with vowel sounds so that the article will be distinguishable from the noun. You don’t need to do that with “historian” since it begins with a consonant.
On the topic of adjectives, I get really annoyed with the misuse of economic/economical. Even in The Economist, I have seen sentences like: “The Republic of Bacardi is having serious economical problems this year.” Economical means thrifty. A Honda Civic can be described as economical relative to a Hummer. Economic problems can’t be described as economical problems.