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Plethora of blog posts?


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is a funny word.  First it can be pronounced with the accent on the first or second syllable.  (I prefer the first)I think the first time I heard the word, it was uttered by Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football.  Howard was good with the words.

I bet many use this word incorrectly. 

The correct meaning of the word plethora is

    overabundance; excess

    superabundance  overfullness

    too full

    embarrassment of riches


Most use it to mean many or a lot.  For example, they say, “A plethora of ideas were generated at the meeting.”  I think they mean many, not too many.

Are you using plethora correctly?