Patti (whipartist) wrote,
Patti
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Grammar rant

This morning, I heard someone on NPR say, "a phenomena." At work, our benefits coordinator just said, "a criteria."

Grrrr. Criteria is plural; the singular is criterion. Likewise phenomenon and phenomena are singular and plural. I'm hearing this from educated, otherwise well-spoken professionals.

Edit: I just spotted "toleration" in a blog. Much to my surprise, it shows up in the American Heritage Dictionary without a snarky usage note.
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