Trichotomous

April 19, 2018
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(This article was originally published at Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

Regarding this paper, Frank Harrell writes:

One grammatical correction: Alvan Feinstein, the ‘father of clinical epidemiology’ at Yale, educated me about ‘trichotomy’. dichotomous = Greek dicho (two) + tomous (cut). Three = tri so the proper word would be ‘tritomous’ instead of ‘trichotomous’.

Uh oh. I can’t bring myself to use the word “tritomous” as it just sounds wrong. Trichotomous might just be one of those words that are just impossible to use correctly; see here.

P.S. The adorable cat above faces many more than three options.

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