singular debris?

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Tue Jul 20 13:59:46 UTC 1999

When did debris become singular? Or has it been singular and is
its use as a plural newer? In the reporting I have seen (Chicago
Tribune) I have noticed several uses of a subject debris with a
singular verb--and that jars. There were also, in the same article,
and, if my memory serves, in the same paragraph, uses of debris
with a plural verb.

Barbara Need
University of Chicago--Linguistics

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