Friday Follies #84 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

For a change of pace today, the Grammar Cop would like to talk about some unusual plural and singular forms with which some FF fans might not be familiar. But first…

…I would like to introduce to you a fabulous newly coined word. You heard it here first! The word is: “grammarthoritarian”! It is a cross between “grammar” and “authoritarian.” I just love it; it is what the Grammar Cop aspires to be! You may borrow it anytime, royalty-free, because I’m nice that way. 😀

Now: you may know  these plurals, but do you know the singular forms of these words? See if you can guess them, first:

  1. Criteria
  2. Phenomena
  3. Ephemera
  4. Media
  5. Alumni
  6. Alumnae
  7. geese
  8. moose


Please scroll down for the answers.




The answers are:

  1. Criterion (Helpful if you know Greek)
  2. Phenomenon (See above)
  3. Ephemeron (Who knew?! Greek again)
  4. Medium (As you all should know by now if you are an FF regular)
  5. Alumnus (Helpful if you know Latin)
  6. Alumna (See above)
  7. Goose (Sure)
  8. Moose (Just being silly)

5 thoughts on “Friday Follies #84 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. The media were in a frenzy. Some loose lips let slip that mooses and gooses were alumni of the same university. A phenomenon, indeed! 🙂
    (#3 I guessed correctly because I knew #1 and 2. Alumnus and Alumna always confuse me!)

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