It’s this one from The Telegraph.
This is actually via a post on Language Log, but we have this <span class = “übersarcastic-pronunciation”>gem</span> from the Telegraph asking for readers to nominate the most annoying phrases in English. Betsy Jones comments in outrage
If I read or hear otherwise educated people say “myriad of…” I will scream! That word is an adjective, not a noun.
An adjective? Let’s have a look at the Greek, shall we?
Cardinal: μύριοι, -αι, -α 10,000
Ordinal: μυριοστός 10,000th
Adverb: μυριάκις “in tens of thousands”
So a couple of adjectives and an adverb, but I know what you’re thinking. The morphology looks similar to myriad, but what’s the deal with the -d? Where did that come from? Williams White writes
300. Above 10,000 δύο μυριάδες, 20,000, τρεῖς μυριάδες, 30,000, etc., may be used.
That’s looking rather, er, nominal to me. WW also writes
383. 2. Μύριοι means ten thousand; μυρίοι, innumerable. Μυρίος sometimes has the latter sense; as μυρίος χρόνος, countless time; μυρία πενία, incalculable poverty.
(I’m just filling out the picture.) The word we’re really looking for is μυριάς, -άδος (f) the number ten thousand, myriad. What’s that, Betsy? You’re going to be very quiet so that you can contemplate how foolish you’ve made yourself look in a public forum? I could mention that in Greek the vowel of the initial syllable is long, and also that primary stress fell on the final syllable of the stem (perhaps Betsy says “m[ai]ri[æ]d”), but I don’t want to rub it in.
Michael H. Caplan says
Adding the Americanism -ize to the end of a noun as in “Hospitalize”.
Then, sir, how am I to criticize you? The only American thing about -ize is that this is the preferred spelling in the States. I fear I may be ostracised for my observations.
Baxter, who is perhaps a Caledonian gentleman, says
The poor pronunciation of “Loch” as “Lock”. Disgusting.
I review the phonemes of Standard English, but can’t find the voiceless velar fricative [x] in the set. It’s probably in there somewhere. I do know that it’s to be found in Liverpudlian English. Next time I want to say “loch” without laying myself open to a charge of linguistic ineptitude, I’ll phone some from Liverpool and have them say it for me.
Peter Leeming isn’t afraid of a little ineptitude himself.
How about tortologies like “reduce down”, “past history”. Or there the politicians’ favourite: “absolutely right”.
I know that there are occasions when I type in an overexcited fashion, when Mr Brain says one thing, and Messers Fingers type another.
Well, there’s a myriad of examples in the comments which you can read for yourselves.