Saturday, April 23, 2005

Is it really classical? Really?

For the last time, here's the difference between "classic" and "classical."
clas·si·cal (adjective)
1. Of or relating to the ancient Greeks and Romans, especially their art, architecture, and literature.

2. Conforming to the artistic and literary models of ancient Greece and Rome.

3. Versed in the classics: a classical scholar.
clas·sic (adjective)
1. Belonging to the highest rank or class.

2. Having lasting significance or worth; enduring.

3. Serving as the established model or standard: a classic example of French Onion soup.
Incidentally -- I would argue that, truthfully, the French Onion soup at Souplantation is defined by neither of these two terms.


Anonymous said...

When you say the soup is defined by neither of those terms, do you mean "classic" and "classical" or "French" and "onion"?

CW FISHER said...

Hilarious. How about classy? There's a classy word. What I like about it is its classlessness. I would buy Classy French Onion Soup.

Mr. Andrea Lewis said...

we wouldn't be american if we didn't modify meaning by misuse now would we?