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How America skunked the term ‘data’ (access required)

The word data is evolving. In Modern American Usage, Bryan Garner describes data as a “skunked term” — a word undergoing change, prompting one group of people (grammar nerds) to insist on the traditional usage, while a second group (everyone else) embraces the new usage. We skunk a word by using it incorrectly — sometimes ...

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