It’s telling, that halting moment when someone from the U.S. tries to say “an historic.”
There is an odd beat. A reminder that something in the pronunciation doesn’t quite fit. Because for us, it doesn’t.
The rule is actually a holdout from British English, where many dialects drop the h’s that preceded vowels.
In that case, requiring “an” before a silent h makes sense. “An ‘istoric” night sounds right, and rolls off the tongue easier.
In the U.S., however, we use a hard h for this word. So the rule doesn’t make any sense.
Imagine saying “She had an hysterectomy,” or “It’s an hysterical movie.”
It sounds ridiculous, right? Just as ridiculous as forcing “An historic night.”
So, I refuse to say it. And I hope whoever governs grammar starts to understand why we don’t need to enforce this out-of-date rule.
People are constantly looking for information. And, in order to best serve them, libraries need to meet people where they are: online. As a result, many libraries are transitioning their collections towards digital materials. And while there is a lot of benefit to digital libraries, there are also a lot of negatives. No matter which form libraries take, however, “one thing remains constant—users still need help" (1).
It can sometimes be hard to find classic English & American Literature in a sea of library books.
This guide can show you how to find classics, get some recommended reading, and check out different formats. It also gives resources for further study, from academic journals to local English classes.
The focus is on San Diego, but these resources can be found anywhere: just ask a librarian!