Is it grammatically okay to use a singular noun after "a list of"? For example, which one is correct among the following sentences?

  • I have a list of item.
  • I have a list of items.

I thought the noun must be plural. Am I correct?

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A list implies more than one. So normally it would be

a list of [plural noun]

A singular noun is possible to create a humorous or emphatic effect as in

My recommended list of useful words for a manager is a list of one, namely the word "No."

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