I hate grading. There... I've said it... When it comes to giving exams I'm a huge fan of multiple choice tests so the scan tron machine can do the grading instead of me...
But then, there are still... THE PAPERS... sigh... But I'm digressing. This is a comic book forum, so what am I ranting about. Read the following scan from Ultimate Comics X-Men 18.1
It has become of peeve of mine, to read papers in which the students are trying to impress me with their extensive vocabulary. Honestly, I wish they'd just keep it simple. Not just because I'm a simple person, which I am, but because they often times construct sentences that make no sense.
Now, here in this scan please note the words, "AN historic moment..." it's incorrect. "AN"? REALLY? No... no. no. no. no. NO!!! and SMURF NO!
if one wishes to use the word 'an' before a word beginning with the letter H, then the H must be SILENT. Essentially, since the H is silent, the word sort of begins with a vowel.
Example: An herb. Note, the H is silent. (this applies to citizens of the United States. Many Europeans say the herb like the name Herb so you hear the H)
- An herb
- An honest man
- An hour
- An honor
- An heir
The H in all these words is silent, so it reads like
- An erb
- An onest man
- An our
- An eir
But HISTORIC?!?! PLEASE STOP IT!!! This bugs me the way scratching one's fingernails down a chalk board bugs other people. it doesn't bother me as I'm hard of hearing and can't hear it. Not that THAT has anything to do with this rant...