A Singular Data Point Is A Datum, You Idiots!

There’s a moment when you realize that you’ve become the person you hate. For me, it happened at the dinner table. I was telling (ok, ranting to) my husband about how my employer, FiveThirtyEight, has chosen to adopt as its house style the usage of the word data as a singular noun. “So you’ve become […]

Is That an Apostrophe in Your Pocket?

Last week, the members of the American Copy Editors Society gathered in New Orleans to discuss — among other topics — headline writing, the hazards of redesign, the use of “they” as a singular pronoun, and style standards for pornography. Wait, what? Since the Last Word on Nothing credo encourages us to indulge our curiosity, […]