Thursday, April 24, 2008

Editor Geekery 2

Historic vs. Historical

I ran across this tidbit at a party (yes, we editors do go to parties). A book editor friend of mine was excited to tell me about her latest discovery.

From Merriam-Webster:

"Historical: adj. 1 a : of, relating to, or having the character of history historical data> b : based on history historical novels> c : used in the past and reproduced in historical presentations.

Historic: adj. a : famous or important in history historic battlefields> b : having great and lasting importance historic occasion>."

That is all to say, that anything in the past is historical, but only important or famous historical events are historic.

For example:

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was an historic event.

The Historical Society of Seattle preserves information about the history of Seattle (historic or not) in its archives.


Ian Canning said...

Hi.. read some of your blogs so I thought I would introduce myself!

My name is Ian and I'm an aspiring writer. At the moment I'm writing a collection of short stories.

If you want to check out my blog, go to:



Ian Canning said...

if you want to link each others site lemme know!


Nicole Kelly said...

Hi Ian,

It's nice to "meet" you. :-)

writtenwyrdd said...

"The assignation of Abraham Lincoln was an historic event."

Oh, that assignation typo cracked me up Nicole!

I am surprised that your friend didn't know the difference. But with a bazillion words in English, I can see how subtleties in word meaning can sometimes be lost.

Ian's looking to up his blog visits, I think.

Nicole Kelly said...


Ha! I love that typo, too. I'm a nerd *blush*

writtenwyrdd said...

*beeeeep* Time for another logic post. LOL! Just kidding. But you have been too busy in the real world to blog lately.