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Curmudgeon Malcolm Tent is almost hysterical over historical

Why do people say "an historical account"?  I am hearing this more and more and, in fact, I heard an NPR reporter use it over the weekend!  However, I don't hear anyone speak of the recent film, "An History of Violence".  Do you?  Let's not be pretentious!  It's "a historical account"!  Unless you're Cockney!

Have you heard or read similar or equally distressing usages?

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