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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Just a Reminder on Historic vs. Historical

It’s important to keep learning editing tidbits your English teachers never told you. My fave editing guru June Casagrande says this one on “historic” and “historical” best: “’Historic’ and ‘historical,’ as you’ve probably noted, carry different connotations. “’Historic’ has a grandiose quality, as if it means ‘momentous’ or ‘significant’ or ‘huge.’ “’Historical,’ on the other hand, conveys an idea of history in its most basic sense. You can see what I mean in a sentence like ‘on this historic occasion, we cite the historical record.’ Check out her Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies (Penguin).


  Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults, and speaks on issues of writing and publishing. Find her at Find the second edition of her multi award-winning The Frugal Editor: Do-it-yourself editing secrets for authors: From your query letter to final manuscript to the marketing of your bestseller. (HowToDoItFrugally Series of Books for Writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at , where writers find lists and other helps including , Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her SharingingwithWriters blog. She tweets writers' resources at . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

1 comment:

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