Wikipedian corrects 15,000+ instances of "comprised of"


Bryan "Griaffedata" Henderson is on a mission to change every instance of "comprised of" to "composed of" or "consists of" -- and he's written a manifesto on the subject.

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The phrase "comprised of" is a poor wording in Wikipedia.

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"Composed of" and "consists of" are good alternatives.

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Many people consider "comprised of" to be incorrect usage, rooted in confusion between the verbs "to comprise" and "to compose".

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Style manuals usually advise against the phrase.

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Not everyone agrees "comprised of" is wrong, but no one finds it better than the alternatives.

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"Comprised of" acceptance does not vary regionally.

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I have been actively removing the phrase from Wikipedia articles for years.

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Some people object to this work. Some don't, but think it is a waste of my time. Rarely, someone reverts one of these edits on principle.

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Many people appreciate the work.

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"Comprises of" is similarly poor wording.

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