If anyone's interested, please PM me.
Last night's coverage of the pull-out of combat forces from Iraq brought one of my most picayune, yet heart-felt pet peeves of all times to the fore.
The following definitions come the good folks at Merriam Webster
Main Entry: his·tor·i·cal
Date: 15th century
1 a : of, relating to, or having the character of history
2 : famous in history : historic a
3 a : secondary 1c b : diachronic
Main Entry: his·tor·ic
Pronunciation: \hi-ˈstȯr-ik, -ˈstär-\
: historical: as a : famous or important in history
So, Richard Engle, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and anybody else who talked about it last night and got it wrong: the pull-out from Iraq was NOT "historical". It was "historic."
I know, picky, picky, picky and it may be a distinction that's fading away in general usage, but it drives me nuts every time.