Monday, June 9, 2008

Barbership (for Barbershop)

"Never ask a barber if you need a haircut." This bit of wisdom comes from a cowboy proverb, and you can read that into situations that go far beyond hair care. Barbership for barbershop is found in the D list, or very low probability section of Typographical Errors in Library Databases at . This means that the error had at least two but no more than seven hits in OhioLINK at the time of its discovery. It is not a word that people often get wrong - there were only a modest 5000 hits for it today in Google.
A check of WorldCat showed only 11 hits this morning, and most of them were found, not surprisingly, in the records for sound recordings. The work we do in typographical errors seems to point to one sure-fire recommendation: when downloading MARC records for AV items, be extra careful.
Today's photo shows a barbershop quartet on the streets of Disney World. The full version can be seen at

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