Style matters #1: ‘Myriad’ never married ‘of’

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How many times have you seen a sentence that contained a phrase such as

“We were attacked by a myriad of insects and …”
OR
“They loved him in a myriad of ways”?

It just slips off the tongue, doesn’t it?

But don’t be fooled by colloquial usage.

The word “myriad” broadly means “a countless or very, very large group of people or things“.
(It does have an ancient military meaning, but let’s not quibble.)

So, more precisely expressed, these phrases should be expressed thus:

“We were attacked by myriad insects and …”
OR
“They loved him in myriad ways.”

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And that, dear reader, is my gift to you for Thursday, February 21, 2013. My very first working blog entry!

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If you like what you’ve read here, you can see reporting4work’s similar posts at Style Matters

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