Friday, September 12, 2008

Wasshington (for Washington)

"I hold my self to a higher standard than George Washington. He said I cannot tell a lie. I can, but won't," according to Mark Twain. Typos for Washington have been regular items in this blog, and there are many more waiting in the wings. Wasshington is on the 'D' list of Typographical errors in library databases at, meaning that it had between 2 and 7 hits in OhioLINK at the time of its discovery. Today, there was only 1 hit in OhioLINK for this error, but more than 30 in WorldCat. That is about what we would expect for a D List entry.

Today's photo is a rather fanciful sculpture of George Washington as a Greek orator in the Smithsonian American History Museum. The original is found at

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