This word confusion between media and medium is a holdover from my active artist days when galleries and shows required statements from exhibiting artists about the media used.
Both terms were tossed about, and it drove me a bit nuts over which to use when, especially when you toss in mixed media — my own, ahem, “medium”.
…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; Dictionary.com: media|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective; Noun 1, 2
Plural: mediae 2
Plural: media (see the left column)
Pertaining to or concerned with such means
[Anatomy] An intermediate layer, especially in the wall of a blood vessel 2
One of the main veins in the wing of an insect
[Phonetics] A voiced unaspirated stop
About halfway between two extremes of size or another quality
The intervening substance through which impressions are conveyed to the senses or a force acts on objects at a distance
A particular form of storage for digitized information, such as magnetic tape or discs
A person claiming to be in contact with the spirits of the dead and to communicate between the dead and the living
The middle quality or state between two extremes
She has a job in media research.
The campaign won media attention.
There were great efforts made by the medias of the involved countries.
Some 600 works in all genres and medias were submitted for review.
As a safety precaution, we’re moving or copying backed-up data through a hierarchy of different media.
“The tunica media of the artery is the middle layer of cells and contains an extra layer of smooth muscle that allows for increasing or decreasing the size of the artery” (InnerBody).
The media is the “fourth longitudinal vein; one to four branches reach the wing margin” (NC State University).
John is six feet tall and of medium build.
The suspect had medium-length hair, brown and brown.
I wanted my burger to be medium.
Their primitive valuables acted as a medium of exchange.
Here the Welsh language is the medium of instruction.
Radio communication needs no physical medium between the two stations.
The medium between the cylinders is a vacuum.
It is essential to grow bacteria in a nutrient-rich medium.
I prefer fiber as a medium for my art.
Oil paint is the most popular medium for glazing.
Madge has been consulting with different mediums, trying to contact her husband.
You have to strike a happy medium between looking like royalty and looking like a housewife.
These are all mediums, and I need a large.
|Noun: mediumism, mediumistic, mediumship|
|History of the Word:|
|1 From the Latin plural for medium. Late 19th century shortening of the modern Latin tunica media or or membrana media meaning middle sheath or layer.||Late 16th century originally denoting something intermediate in nature or degree. It’s from the Latin literally meaning middle and is a neuter of medius.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?