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Guest Curmudgeon Nancy Friedman says...

Love your site! Here are my gripes; both tend to be spoken misuses, although I've come across them in print as well.

1. Phenomena as a singular noun. English-speakers just have a hard time with those Greek words, I guess--we want to fall back on Latin rules.

2. Myself as anything but what it's supposed to be: a reflexive pronoun, or a pronoun used for emphasis. Example heard yesterday on NPR's "Fresh Air": "Myself and my scouts would often encounter..." (You wouldn't say "Myself would often encounter," would you?)

Is there something you read or hear that sends you up the wall?

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