[tz] [PATCH] The word "data" is plural.

Alan Mintz Alan_Mintz+TZ_IANA at Earthlink.net
Thu Aug 14 01:23:08 UTC 2014

At 2014-08-12 22:27, Paul Eggert wrote:

>... To try to head this dispute off at the pass the attached new patch 
>(pushed into the experimental version) rewords everything so that the word 
>"data" is never used in a context that requires it to be plural, or that 
>requires it to be plural either.

Re-casting is usually the best solution, IMO.

nGrams* surprisingly (to me anyway) shows the plural being favored (over 
2:1 in 1980), but getting closer (9:8 in 2007). British English favors the 
plural more. Fiction favors it less, to the point of being in the minority 
for a couple years in the early 2000s. I don't know what types of books are 
missing from these corpuses (corpii? :) ) though. Like other respondents, I 
have the sense that current IT literature favors the mass noun.


Alan Mintz <Alan_Mintz+TZ_IANA at Earthlink.net>

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