Once coupled primarily with sclerosis, choice or orgasm, the word “multiple” has become the darling of the media recently. Multiple attacks; multiple air strikes, multiple times, multiple candidates… well, you get the idea.
According to the folks at Merriam-Webster, many, ironically multiple, words, exist that are just as appropriate including: countless, innumerable, numberless, uncountable, unnumbered, untold; several, some; miscellaneous, mixed, sundry, various; divers, manifold, multifarious, myriad.
C’mon … multifarious and myriad? Those are great words. To say nothing of slew, plethora, a whole whack and bloody great gobs of – OK, maybe I’m getting carried away. Why have the media opted to go with one word when … multiple options exist? Let’s get back to using more words, it doesn’t cost anything and it’s much nicer to the ear!