singular debris?

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Thu Jul 22 18:45:31 UTC 1999

So, would several of these "authorities" be called "pompous donkeys" ?


Peter McGraw wrote:
> Many years ago I read, in Saturday Review or some other such
> publication that periodically printed such pieces, an article by one of
> those self-appointed "authorities" who write compendia of prescriptive
> prejudices that are accepted as gospel on "correct English."
> (Obviously *I'm* not prejudiced!)
> Anyway, said "authority" (who shall remain anonymous because I've
> forgotten who it was) argued that it was "incorrect" to use "people" as
> a plural for "person" because the former could not be derived from the
> latter by adding a suffix.

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