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#1 2013-08-27 09:05:11

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2198

bias matter

Along the lines of cosmos, ethos, pathos, kudos and soforth and soon:

It may have been an accidental omission of a letter, but the following was in an on-line news story this morning.

Words matter. Media bias matter. It is worth drawing attention to it

The antecedent of the final “it” is probably “bias”, which makes the notion that the person was thinking of a plural doubtful. Still:

I’d like to end this PMA with a thought that tools are never bias, bias are the decison makers.

And I am sure there are more of them out there.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#2 2015-04-30 16:59:30

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1581

Re: bias matter

Exam season is upon me, with a new spring crop of eggcorns – all in French, unfortunately. I did come across someone describing a biai, which is the French equivalent of a bia. The following could easily be simple typo (the generic mass name for words with dropped esses), but I’m betting on their singularity based on my student’s spelling.

why does FSN have suuch a bia against the sun belt
football forum

if you eat meat of any kind and try to put forward a bia against the seal hunt you’re nothing more then a hypocrite

Your blog shows a bia against the United States.
travel blog



#3 2017-04-01 22:29:02

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1581

Re: bias matter

From a test response: “The frog’s pancreas were …”. Also out there, though I won’t document them: “lay a fece” and “a single specie of”.



#4 2017-04-04 16:16:14

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2641

Re: bias matter

Anglo-Saxon-derived singular nouns that end in a vowel followed by the letter s are as rare as two-dollar bills. Most of these s-enders are words that have been borrowed from other languages in the last couple of centuries—kudos, pathos, cosmos, mythos, ethos, platypus, virus. An English speaker faced with a singular term ending in vowel+s feels an overwhelming temptation to (1) treat it as a plural, which can often lead to false singulars, or (2) accept it as a singular. Even the second option, though correct, has its pitfalls. If it is singular, what is its plural? A thoroughly AS approach would add “es.” But the obvious foreign derivation of many of these vowel+s words gives us pause, leading us to attempt (and often to fail) to generate the English plural from what we think are the applicable source language rules for pluralization—thus viri, platypi, octopi.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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