Latin Plurals

Subject: Latin Plurals
From: Jennifer Hubbard <sg96d733 -at- POST -dot- DREXEL -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 10:24:36 -0700

Sometimes what's correct is replaced by what's popular, and then the
popular becomes correct.
In my work, the terms "data" and "media" are used frequently. Usually
people treat them as singular, even though they are technically plural.
According to Webster's, this is now accepted usage for "data."
(Webster's gives me no help on "media.")
What's common, accepted usage for "media," "errata," and other plurals
that don't sound plural just because they don't end in s? Should we
have different standards for technical writing and everyday usage? (I
tend to say "data are" in technical reports, but "data is" in
conversation.)

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