Enough already with ‘mediums’
Hey, fellow armchair copyeditors, do you see anything wrong with this sentence at the Los Angeles Times website? “Two senior Los Angeles Times editors were given new responsibilities today as part of an effort to create a 24-hour newsroom serving multiple mediums.” The blunder, of course, is the inappropriate use of “mediums” as a plural of the word medium. As everyone in the media business ought to know, media is the plural of medium. Thus, television is a medium. A newspaper is a medium. Together, they are media, not mediums. The only time the word “mediums” is appropriate is to describe a gathering of psychics.