media vs medium : Common Errors in English

About media vs medium

There are several words with Latin or Greek roots whose plural forms ending in A are constantly mistaken for singular ones. See, for instance, and . Radio is a broadcast medium. Television is another broadcast medium. Newspapers are a print medium. Together they are media. Following the tendency of Americans to abbreviate phrases, with “transistor radio” becoming “transistor,” (now fortunately obsolete) and “videotape” becoming “,” “news media” and “communications media” have been abbreviated to “media.” Remember that watercolor on paper and oil on black velvet are also media, though they have nothing to do with the news. When you want to get a message from your late Uncle Fred, you may consult a medium. The word means a vehicle between some source of information and the recipient of it. The “media” are the transmitters of the news; they are not the news itself.

media Meaning(s)

  • (n) a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
  • (n) the surrounding environment
  • (n) an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
  • (n) (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
  • (n) a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
  • (n) (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
  • (n) an intervening substance through which something is achieved
  • (n) a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position
  • (n) someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
  • (n) (usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public
  • (n) an occupation for which you are especially well suited
  • (s) around the middle of a scale of evaluation
  • (s) (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside

medium Meaning(s)

  • (n) a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
  • (n) the surrounding environment
  • (n) an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
  • (n) (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
  • (n) a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
  • (n) (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
  • (n) an intervening substance through which something is achieved
  • (n) a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position
  • (n) someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
  • (n) (usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public
  • (n) an occupation for which you are especially well suited
  • (s) around the middle of a scale of evaluation
  • (s) (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside

media in News

  1. Media is ready to welcome the U.S. Open (VIDEO)

    The Mayor of Media, Bob McMahon, welcomed sportscaster Jim Kelly at a press conference held to announce the many golf-themed activities that Media Borough is hosting now through June 16 during the time the U.S. Open 2013, a major golf championship, will be played at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. Media is holding several golf-themed contests and Media’s “Dining Under the Stars” has been expanded ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Media Town Talk

  2. Media Advisory - Empire Company Limited Advisory of Conference Call

    Media Advisory - Empire Company Limited Advisory of Conference Call
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Media Advisory: The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, to Make an Announcement Related to National ...

    Media availability will follow.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

medium in News

  1. Press Releases: United States and Peru Sign MOU on Promoting Growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

    United States and Peru Sign MOU on Promoting Growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 12, 2013 On June 11, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson and Foreign Minister Eda Rivas signed the U.S.-Peru Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Promoting Growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: U.S. Department of State

  2. AltaGas Ltd. Closes $300 Million Medium-Term Note Offering

    AltaGas Ltd. today announced that it has completed its $300 million issue of senior unsecured medium-term notes . The notes carry a coupon rate of 3.57 percent and mature on June 12, 2023.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Medium Denise Fix headlines Mystic Art Gallery fundraiser

    Psychic Denise Fix, known as the “East Coast Medium,” will be appearing at Carroll’s Restaurant, 21 Main St., Medford on Saturday, June 29, from 12 to 3 p.m.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Medford Transcript

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