My dear readers, I have a bit of a grammatical conundrum. A grammandrum, if you will.
We all know the difference between "between" and "among": use "between" when it's, well, a choice between two options, and "among" when you are talking about three or more. For instance:
I cannot choose between tiramisu and cheese cake. (This is a complete lie. I totally go for tiramisu every time.)
Among the deserts available at Fancy Restaurant, the best one is their tiramisu.
However, there's a bit of a caveat, as Grammar Girl taught me some time ago. When your choice is among three or more specific things, then the use of "between" is appropriate. For instance:
Mary is choosing among several top schools.
Mary is choosing between Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. (Note the use of "between" when the different options are specific.)
Now, why are we doing this little grammar exercise? Because I just received a proof for a paper of mine. This journal lets you see the copy-edited version as well as the proof. In the copy-edited version, I noticed that this sentence had been edited:
"... there is a connection between Math Concept A, Math Concept B, and Math Concept C".
The concepts are very specific, therefore, according to Grammar Girl, "between" is appropriate. However, the copy editor changed it to "among".
Dear reader, do you think the copy editor was right? (Which would make Grammar Girl's advice wrong.) Clearly, we must have a poll:
If you think the copy editor was wrong, would you request that they change it back or would you just leave it alone because, really, who cares?
Cath brought up another interesting issue, so on to another poll: