"Myriad" is derived from the Greek word for "ten thousand." Today, "myriad" means "a great number." "Myriad" is countless, just like the word "many."
It was first used in English as a noun, as in "there was a myriad of Christmas presents," but in modern times (as in the last few centuries), it is used as an adjective too, as in "there were myriad Christmas presents."
Here is the truth: Myriad is correct as both a noun and an adjective.
This week, we'll use frenzied holiday shopping to discuss "myriad" vs. "myriad of."
Noun: Myriad of
- When a myriad of shoppers are gathered around the last two remaining coffee makers that are on sale, run away.
- Myriads of crazy people in search of holiday deals will be at the mall, so be careful parking, it could be like bumper cars.
- To entertain yourself, count the myriad grumpy faces around you while standing on line.
- Deep breaths will do wonders for the myriad psychological problems shoppers encounter at the register.
Do you prefer myriad or myriad of?