Blow for grammar sanity from BBC News Katty Kay

Oxford educated Katty Kay sets a very good example in her pronunciation of the English language which she does not sound in the colorful but lower educational rank manner of one of her colleagues.

In an extraordinary grammatical development, blonde beauty and BBC presenter in Washington Katty Kay spoke the following words quite clearly today when commenting on the fact that Hillary Clinton has managed to breast the finishing tape today and rack up enough superdelegates to add to her pile of committed delegate that she now becomes the official nominee of the Democratic Party for the Presidency of the United States, a position she will retain unless Bernie Sanders manages to somehow shame the delegates who were supposedly committed to him but abandoned ship over the weekend to come back to where they belong if he is to replace her as nominee in a new casting of delegate votes at the Convention, where there will no doubt be a lively ruckus given the strong preference of many young voters for him and the feeling that the premature nomination of Clinton has depended on keeping out independents from many states voting booths, who otherwise would have replaced her with Bernie in the total count to date.

“Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican this is a (sic) historic day in American politics.”

“A historic” instead of “an historic” is clearly the most sensible and euphonious choice given the fact that the “h” in historic is pronounced by all persons of education, and given the rule that “a” should change to “an” only when the next word begins with a vowel and never when preceding a consonant, despite the exception with the word “history” which for some reason has crept into use in recent decades after being eradicated earlier, and rather annoyingly has been blessed as valid by many dictionaries.

A blow struck for verbal civilization by a blonde goddess of the airwaves!

Update: Hillary Clinton did the same! – In announcing her incipient victory as notified by the AP she spoke the following words:

“According to the news we are on the brink of a historic, ‘istoric (sic) unprecedented moment – but we still have work to do don’t we?”

Did the repeat of the word “historic” leaving out the “h” the second time betray her uncertainty as to whether she was sufficiently democratic to sound the educated pronunciation of the two words?

We will probably never know. But she certainly deserves credit for saying “a historic” loud and clear, for what may be the first time in recent memory that a US politician used the obviously more correct and educated formulation!

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