Monday, March 12, 2012

I like money, but hate moneys

Nearly every time I see the plural "moneys" or "monies," I have to fight a strong urge to puke or throw rocks.

The strange term has legitimate but limited uses, such as when economists or politicians discuss funding coming from different sources. An example would be "We plan to finance the new sewer system with moneys from state and federal grants." (However, non-awkward "money," "funding" or "funds" would work just fine in that sentence.) 

Sadly, "moneys" creeps into non-governmental speech and writing.

I just read the following on a website about selling books: "As a hobbyist, you will go the print-on-demand (POD) route for minimal moneys . . . ."

The offender is an author, publisher, book publicist and public speaker who lectures on publishing and public relations. He co-hosts a radio show and has a degree from the Ithaca College School of Communications.

Hey Mister Communicator, would the meaning of your sentence change if you wrote "money" instead of "moneys?"

I hate "persons" as much as I hate "moneys." "People" works fine as a plural of "person."


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