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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about the difference between the words classic and classical, so it is a usage tip obvious. But it can really get confusing and you will need to know about this difference. You can find a transcript on my website, englishpluspodcast.com.
You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now, without further ado, let's talk about the difference between classic and classical.
So let me start with classic. Classic can be used as an adjective. A classic example of something has all the features or characteristics which you expect something of its kind to have. For example, we say this statement was a classic illustration of British politeness, or it is a classic example of the principle of less is more..
That is classic being used as an adjective. And remember a classic example of something has all the features or characteristics which you expect something of its kind to have. Classic is also used to describe films or books which are judged to be of outstanding quality. So we can say, for example, one of the classic works of the Hollywood cinema or Bernon's classic analysis of Spanish history.
But classic can also be used as a noun. A classic is a book which is well known and thought to be of a high literary standard. For example, we had all the standard classics at home, so classics. Here it is used as a noun. And classics when we use it with an S like that, it is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilization, especially their languages, literature and philosophy.
So when we talk about classics, especially when we talk about something we study at university, that's what it means. The study of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, especially their languages, literature and philosophy. For example, she obtained a first class degree in classics. So all of that was about classic.
What about classical? Well, classical is different. Classical music is music written by composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. Music of this kind is often complex in form and is considered by many people to have lasting value. For example, I spent a lot of time reading and listening to classical music, or we can say classical pianists, but that's not everything about classical.
Classical is also used to refer to things connected with ancient Greek or Roman civilization, like when we say classical mythology or truffles have been savored as a delicacy since classical times, and here we are referring to ancient Greek or Roman civilization. So that was the difference between classic and classical.