Monday, April 7, 2014

Get Latin plurals right, BBC, it's not difficult

Latin plurals like "data" (plural of "datum") take a plural verb.

It is really, really stupid and illiterate, BBC, of your presenters to keep saying things like "the data shows" and "the data is".

On the other hand, it is also silly to make fake Latin plurals of words that did not exist in Roman times, like "referenda" as the plural of "referendum". 

Don't you have a style guide or at least somebody to advise you who passed O Level English Language in the days when grammar was still taught in English schools?

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