• Who am I?

    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.


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  • Let Language Evolve!

    Posted by Qrystal on June 25, 2008 at 16:17.
    Category: Miscellany. Tags: grammar.

    Can we just clear this up now: the word `data’, in english, is a singular mass noun. It is thus a grammatical and stylistic error to use it as a plural. Plural use is barbaric: amongst other crimes, it is a deliberate archaism, and thus a symptom of bad writing.

    Data is a singular noun

    I love etymology~!  And I thank Vicki Brown for sharing this link.

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