Revised as of 22 August 2017
Criteria has been used in speeches and writing as a singular noun, although it is actually a plural noun, i.e., referring to a number of standards whereas a criterion is but one point by which something is judged.
Yes, this means you aren’t likely to get in trouble with all but the sternest editor if you’re writing a fictional novel. If you’re writing non-fiction, then no holds are barred and expect to see red ink fly!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Plural for criterion||Noun, singular|
|A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided|
|Further criteria needs to be considered.
The launch came too close to violating safety criteria.
It met all our criteria: an interesting plot line, a range of characters, proofread text, and great tension and drama.
A great meal has a number of criteria that must be met including complementary wines with each course, courses which lead smoothly into the next, imaginative and well-created dishes, and a lovely port to finish.
|An additional criterion needs to be considered.
The launch came too close to violating a particular safety criterion.
It met our criterion: it was a great read!
A great meal has but one criterion: that it taste great all together.
|History of the Word:|
|Early 17th century from the Greek kritērion indicating a means of judging, from kritēs.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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The “Essential Criteria to Include in Your Résumé” is courtesy of the RedStarResume blog.