• aflesch avatar aflesch Posted: 1/17/2013 10:25am PST

    C'mon guys -- let's have some basic copy editing on the site. "Criteria" is the plural, which is clearly not appropriate here...

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 1/17/2013 12:08pm PST

    Trust me, I have internal debates about criteria/criterion all the time. But in everyday English usage, "criteria" is now commonly employed for both singular and plural forms (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criterion). So rather than sound stilted, I've gone with the popular flow. I'm a victim of peer pressure.

  • aflesch avatar aflesch Posted: 1/17/2013 3:30pm PST

    Hmmm...now I feel stupid. My apologies! I wasn't even aware that this linguistic shift had happened. Can't say I'm happy to hear about it, though...seems to me that it's another erosion of meaning, like "disinterested" now being a synonym for "uninterested" instead of another way of saying "impartial".

    Plus after decades of thinking of "criteria" as plural, it just feels wrong, somehow...