Okay, so I know this is horribly pedantic and rude and awful and miserable and awful of me…. but for the love of all that is holy and good, homeschoolers, please learn the difference between curriculum and curricula, because so many of you are doing this wrong.
Curriculum is the singular. Like datum, millennium, memorandum, and stadium. The plurals are curricula, data, millennia, memoranda, and … okay, no one says stadia. I suppose only really picky people say datum anymore, either. Memorandum was shortened to memo with the plural memos. But we still use millennium and millennia. No one says, “I’ve visited 24 different baseball stadium”, because they know stadium is singular.
The dictionary recognizes curriculums as an okay plural. I don’t prefer it, but it follows the standard way to make plurals in English. We don’t speak Latin, even if many of our words have roots in that language. Fine. But when you use curriculum as a plural and curricula as singular, you make my head hurt just as much as if you switch plural and singular for any other word.
Try these sentences:
- “I’m going to go buy some new curriculum.”
- “I’m going to go buy some new book.”
- “This is a great curricula!”
- “This is a great books!”
It hurts, just a little bit, doesn’t it?
Now, curriculum can mean an entire course of study, so it can mean an entire plan of dozens of books and subjects. So you could be going out to buy just one curriculum for your kid to use this year. There are plenty of companies that release all-in-one curricula for people to use. But the way I know if you’re using the words as a singular or a plural is if you’re using an article (a, an, the) or singular pronouns (this) or not.
- “I really love curriculum” compared to “I really love this curriculum”.
- “I really love book” compared to “I really love this book”.
So, please, for my sake… get your plurals and singulars straight. I beg you!
Note: People make mistakes. I know I do. I miss having a Real Live Editor to fix all of my mistakes. But as I point out above, I don’t think it’s a typo so much as a large number of people who are unaware of this at all. So I try to help. Annoyingly. Without being asked. Because I care.