Media? Medium? Or???

Subject: Media? Medium? Or???
From: "Keith Carlson" <kcarlson1391 -at- mchsi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 00:26:41 -0500

I saw this message while backing up files on my computer:
"Please insert the next media."

"That's awkward!", I thought. They use a plural form where they're referring
to a single object. Yet even using "medium" wouldn't be right; they're not
talking about switching from tape to disk or TV to a magazine. The software
backs up files on floppies, zip disks, tape, CD-R, etc., so they couldn't be
that specific. (Hmm.. come to think of it, they probably *could* detect
what device/media they're writing to, and use alternate messages such as
"Please insert the next CD-R.")

Some of you on this list have no doubt run into this situation... having to
refer to storage media in a non-specific way. How did you handle it?

-Keith Carlson

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