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Re: [ARSCLIST] Clarification (was Re: A wiki-discopedia?)
Howard Friedman wrote:
If "data" is singular, what is "people"? What is the context in which "data" can be a singular noun, any more than "people" can ever be a singular noun?
But "people" can properly be used as a singular, meaning those in a
specific culture. Thus, one speaks of the Jewish people. As a collective
noun, it also has a proper plural: Peoples of the world.
A problem with "data" as a singular is that one loses "datum" and is
reduced to "a piece of data". Another may be peculiar to my own
interpretation: it obscures the distinction between "data" and