short note: black strap molasses

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 27 23:11:35 UTC 2011

On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 4:09 AM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
> OED claims "molasses" is singular except in the South.

Really? But then, how would I know, having no real-world experience
with the word, except in the single instance of a little joke, in
which NUMBER is of no relevance:

A) Whatcha do when you runs outta 'lasses?

B) You gitchu s'm *mo'* 'lasses!

And yet, _media_ is regarded as a singular, even in other languages
that have borrowed the American semantics, but not the word. E.g.

Media, sg.; Medien, pl.


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