posted on Dec, 18 2012 @ 08:26 AM
Originally posted by Domo1
This a weird and perhaps unfounded pet peeve... Shouldn't it be A historic, not an historic? At least in the country that knows how to English? Do
we say AN history lesson? Do we say AN hemophiliac? No. People think it's OK because they say an istoric.
My theory is this;
The whole point of the "A before consonant, AN before vowel" rule is ease of pronunciation.
So the distinction between consonant and vowel should be controlled by pronunciation, not spelling.
An opening "EU" is effectively a "Y", so it is easier and so acceptable to use "A"- "A Eunuch" "A European agreement ".
Conversely, if an opening "h" is almost unpronounced, the word effectively begins with a vowel, so it is easier and so acceptable to use AN- "An
hotel" "An historic moment".