I know that I am a word geek
I also know that I play up being a word geek for the self-derision; being an exacting dolt is unattractive
but when exactly did phenomenon become a plural word?
before we have any battles about Latin plurals, and the mistakes of hyper-correction (e.g. "octopi" as a false plural for a greek word; yeah, it's octopuses), I'm not doing any correcting on that. Nor am I using this as a spot to press for latinate plurals -- Garner's Modern American Usage quite plainly supports and encourages the use of our standard addition of an "s" or "es" to form a plural.
But you sure as fuck can't take the singular and insist that it's a plural. As I often see.
I'm trying to observe natural phenomenon> is just not gonna cut it.
Those memorandum need to be copied. is fucked up.
I read this all the time, and I'm angry
Don't get me started on oftentimes -- I swear that on television and radio, the atrocity oftentimes outnumbers "often" four or five to one. . . .
Um, why does this matter, you ask?
I'll get back to you on that.