His-to-ricPosted: March 26, 2010
The European / IMF rescue plan for Greece: Historic
The US and Russia agreement to reduce nuclear weapons : Historic
Health Care Reform : Historic
The Socialist victory in French regional elections: everybody with me… Historic
Every single news is historic nowadays… And even if we come to a non-historic news, the rarity of the event will make it historic.
The consequence of this overuse of the Historic qualifier is that we are losing the hierarchy of importance : how can we sort out what is important or not if everything is presented at the same level ?
Of course a leader cannot describe a decision by saying “Ok it’s been a roughy negotiation but in the end it’s not this important”… But the using too much the h-word is stripping it of its significations.
I’ll end by praising Biden’s description of health care reform: that’s a big f*cking deal. Now that’s might not be as politically correct as historic, but it’s much more catchy !