We all speak the queen’s English, and I’m sure there have been times when you’ve found the language needlessly confusing. Today, we’re going to try and clear up one of those misunderstandings. Do historic and historical have the same meaning? And in what situations do you use one or the other?
Although both words are adjectives, they do not mean the same thing. And they are definitely not different spellings for the same word. They are entirely separate.
Historical is a word that is used to describe something that belongs to an earlier period of history. So when you’re talking about people or places that existed in the past or other things that relate to history, you want to use historical.
Example: Kwame Nkrumah is a revered Ghanaian historical figure.
Historic, on the other hand, is a word that is used to describe things that are significant, important or even famous. When something is historic, it is unlikely to be soon forgotten.
Example: When I buy my first Mercedes, it will be historic.