An historian / historic, or A historian?

(5 Posts)
NaicePig Sat 16-Feb-13 12:54:38

I always say an, but I'm becoming increasingly paranoid that it might be one of those <whispers> 'Middle Class' things I read about on MN like saying Pardon...

Help?

Northey Sat 16-Feb-13 12:56:56

I always say "a". We aspirate all those words in English, so I have never understood why some people want to say "an" as if we didn't.

NaicePig Sat 16-Feb-13 12:59:22

Hmm, yes. It just seems to be one of those old-fashioned convention things. I never really understood why those words and not others though...

PigeonPie Sat 16-Feb-13 20:18:57

Having been reading Simon Heffer's book ^Strictly English^ he says that it's unnecessary to drop the 'h' and therefore it should be "a historian", not "an 'istorian"

somebloke123 Mon 18-Feb-13 11:31:43

I think "an historian" used to be regarded as correct, also "an hotel" but both seem to have fallen out of common use.

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