What was the criterion?

Yahoo! must have criteria it uses when hiring writers and editors. It’s not an ability to spell, use correct grammar, accurately synthesize a news event, or punctuate a sentence. Another criterion that Yahoo! doesn’t use? The ability to select the correct word when writing for the Yahoo! front page:

fp criteria

The American Heritage Dictionary (which you’ll find on Yahoo!, but Yahoo! writers haven’t yet discovered) says:

Like the analogous etymological plurals agenda and data, criteria is widely used as a singular form. Unlike them, however, it is not yet acceptable in that use.

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4 Responses to “What was the criterion?”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    I often wondered about that officer in the Star Trek universe. Shouldn’t he have been named Commander Datum?

    PS: Reviving an old joke:

    Why do people always get the singular of “dice” wrong?

    Because of the old saying, “Never say die”.

    PPS: I really didn’t know about “agendum”. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that word. But there’s no doubt about it (high-school Latin says it’s so.)

  2. ericjbaker Says:

    “There’s one criteria.”

    I really hope that never becomes standard usage.


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