here I am -- again

Again, becauseI began to write and inadvertently deleted my introduction. Annoying.

I’m messing around with words and grammar, of course. I’ve been making a list of pet peeves, wondering who is right. I mean, I may have started with correct usage but usage keeps changing so I have to keep checking.

myriad noun: 1 a countless or extremely great number of people or things: myriads of insects danced around the light above my head. 2 (chiefly in classical history) a unit of ten thousand. the army was organized on a decimal system, up to divisions of 10,000 or myriads.

adjective: countless or extremely great in number: he gazed at the myriad lights of the city. • having countless or very many elements or aspects: the myriad political scene.

ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (in sense 2 of the noun): via late Latin from Greek murias, muriad-, from murioi ‘10,000’.

See, I grew up with no of after myriad. Now, as in the first example above, it’s used as a noun in the plural and with a—is that called a conjunction? Oh dear.

okay, try this one:

oblivious adjective: not aware of or concerned about what is happening around one: she became absorbed, oblivious to the passage of time. DERIVATIVES: obliviously adverb obliviousness noun (I DON’T LIKE THAT) ORIGIN late Middle English: from Latin obliviosus, from oblivio(n-) (see oblivion) .

I don’t like this dictionary (online ). I like oblivious of.

I ned a few (one?) reactions before I go on.