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A historic first? Beats me. But interesting:

Has a president ever publicly acknowledged (in a neutral fashion) the existence of atheist Americans?

11 Responses to “Interesting”

  1. Manish Says:

    A number of my friends noted this too.

  2. Xrlq Says:

    An historic first? Possibly. A historic first? Never!

  3. SayUncle Says:

    Grammar person says both are correct.

    ‘An historic’ only works if you forget there is an H due to regional variances in languages.

  4. Sebastian-PGP Says:

    All I know is there’ll be a gay Muslim lesbian one legged Chinese hooker president before there’ll be an atheist president.

    Seriously. There will.

  5. Manish Says:

    I think that there have already been many atheist President’s..just none that have been willing to admit to such.

  6. Xrlq Says:

    ‘An historic’ only works if you forget there is an H due to regional variances in languages.

    Nah. “An historic” works because an h barely qualifies as a consonant to begin with, and in the case of “historic,” the initial syllable is unstressed. “An history book” would be wrong in every dialect.

  7. Nylarthotep Says:

    Another first was that Obama was sworn in by a Supreme Court Justice that the President elect didn’t support for his position on the SCOTUS.

  8. SayUncle Says:

    Nah. we say ‘an hour’ because there’s no h sound. i don’t pronounce historic as ‘istoric’.

  9. Xrlq Says:

    Of course we say “an” before an h that isn’t pronounced at all. That’s not the issue here. “An historic” is correct whether you say “historic” (as most of us do) or “istoric” as they do in Cockney). No one says both “history” and “istoric,” but many do (and all should) say “a history” and “an historic.”

  10. SayUncle Says:

    ‘A historic’ is also correct.

  11. Xrlq Says:

    It is, if you mean “not historic,” but in that case the preferred spelling is one word, not two.

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