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More Latin—As In Mea Culpa

While distracted about several things going on in my life yesterday, I wrote about English words derived from Latin and how some distinctions between singular and plural forms are disappearing because of common usage. Two of the words I listed were criterion and its plural, criteria. 

Imagine my embarrassment when I received an email from a friend, gently pointing out that those two words are Greek.  Damn!  I knew that. But I was so intent on my topic of frequently misused singular and plural forms that I lumped them in with the Latin culprits.

Lesson learned: Focus! Concentrate! Even if quotidian annoyances are gnawing at me, I need to set them aside while I take care of the job at hand.

As I said, mea culpa.


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