Σάββατο, 10 Οκτωβρίου 2009

Historic vs Historical

The english words ‘historic’ amd ‘historical’ sound entirely familiar to native greek speakers. Derived from ancient, classical greek, they are adjectives stemming from the abstract noun ‘history’, a word that entered the English language in 1390 with the meaning of "relation of incidents, story''.


However, when it comes to their use, we are all on the horns of a dilemma. Is 'historic' synonymous with 'historical'? The answer is no. Historic means "important," "momentous," or "historically significant." Historical means "relating to the past."

For example:

 Historic buildings in Athens are to be preserved.

( Historic describes something remarkable and important .)

The Sixties are now considered a historical period, just like the Roman Empire.

( Historical is related to the study of history.)

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