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Historic v Historical

Don't say that: 

Historic when you mean, simply, that it happened in the past

Do say this: 

Historical

Why?: 

The small difference in the endings of the words make an enormous difference to their meaning.

An event is "historic" if it is something that makes its mark in history. If the event is something that happened in the past, it is "historical."

For example, in the BBC's article about plagiarism by Chinese actor Zhai Tianlin, aka Ronald Zhai, published today, it says "claims of historic plagiarism came to light." That is wrong. The correct word would have been "historical, " because it happened in the past but not not an event of great importance such as, say, the Great Fire of London.

 


 

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