Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ramdom, Ramdon (for Random)

The letters N and M in a given word sometimes appear to be randomly placed, resulting a wide array of typos. Today's is an example of this sort of mixup, attributable to the contiguous placement of these two letters on the keyboard. Ramdom occurs 12 times in OhioLINK, and Ramdon five times. Not to ram this one down your throat—since we must always watch our P's and Q's when correcting another person's mistakes—but remember to watch your M's and N's as well. (Picture of Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ram Dass from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

1 comment:

rosie said...

That may be linguistically correct,spelling-wise, but you might need to know something more about Hinduism, Ram Dass, and spiritual practice to understand what is happening here: how it appears to me is that RAM is working in mysterious ways! It is traditional and 'common' among Hindus and those acquainted with this practice, to greet people, to say goodbye, and also to recognize the spiritual context of any event, by saying 'Ram Ram' either inwardly, to oneself, or to any other person. Ram is one of the major Hindu deities, and the practice of many people is to try to remember RAM in everything they do, so that their actions or thoughts are 'lifted' into a higher level by remembering that everything is done with spiritual understanding, or with the help of Ram, just as people may ask for help from Jesus, Mary, or any other source of aid who is meaningful to them. The word 'Ram' in Hebrew also refers to the Most High (to God)...so, considering that this photo of Ram Dass and Rabbi Zalman is of two spiritual 'powerhouses' who both have a deep connection to the meaning of the word 'RAM', it's kind of a pun, and not at all surprising, in the way mysterious miracles happen around them, that the word RAMDOM randomly appeared on the page with them - it might even have been a little deliberate playful trick if these words were entered by someone 'in the know'.