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Dear People raised in the UK or Canada, and other people who like filling out polls:

Which of the following would you normally use?

an historian
a historian

Which of the following would you normally use?

an historical figure
a historical figure

Languages are challenging, not least because they keep changing. "an historian" and "an historical figure" were some of the British grammatical quirks I got down early.

Only now, the internet tells me, times, they are a changin'. It's okay to use "a" instead of "an" for histor* words in British Englishes. I would like some more evidence on the subject one way or the other.


Feb. 9th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
I have always used "a", as I always pronounce the "h". Just as I do in "herb", of course...

I'd also say "a hotel", though "an hotel" doesn't feel as wrong as "an historian".
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Like you I pronounce the "H" in "historian", so I would no more say "an historian" than I would say "an hair", "an horse" or "an horoscope".

I also agree about "hotel".