"Data" is plural!
John R. Wood, Sc‘70, of New Westminster, BC, offers a timely reminder of the meaning of the word "data"
You run a very high calibre publication, for which many thanks. However, I have one comment on the "Editor’s Notebook" column in Issue #1-2012, p.2. At one point you write: “... because the data you get from any survey is only as good ....”
“Data” is a plural noun, so the sentence should have read “... because the data you get from any survey are only as good ....”.
Keep up the wonderful work, and please pay attention to grammar. It is so misused, abused, and neglected these days.
John R. Wood, Sc'70, New Westminster, BC
Guilty, as charged. – Ed.