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Singular or plural?

Another drive-by posting, but this time a public one: is "data" singular or plural? This article suggests that not only "data" but also "criteria" is going down the path of singularity taken by "agenda".

When I take a purely gut-reaction view, "criteria" is clearly plural, "agenda" is clearly singular, and "data" is singular when I use it but I won't quibble about other people using it as plural. Isn't it odd that the words are so similar and yet my instinctive feeling about them is so different?

(See also linguistics is not prescriptive, which I think I may have linked to before.)

(PS: This post is not a poll.)
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