Another one bites the dust?

Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene at UCHICAGO.EDU
Thu Sep 6 18:20:36 UTC 2007

- Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 17:01:39 +0000
  From: ronbutters at AOL.COM
  Subject: Re: Another one bites the dust?

   >Those of us who know (or care) about the
  foreign-language plural forms for various loans
  are in a minority. I personally chuckle when I
  hear Duke English professors say "a criteria," but
  I also chuckle at my own snobbery. I do not myself
  use "datum" or "criterium" -- & I pronounce an
  "-s" on "flower" to pluralize it, even though the
  French generally do not.

  Incidentally, the singular of "criteria" is "criterion"


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