Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Crcula*, Cicula*, Cirula*, etc. (for Circulation & Circular)

Typo of the Day for Librarians
Crcula*, Cicula*, Cirula*, Circult*, Circulaton (for Circulation and Circular)

January 13th marks the day in 1978 that the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar. "Circulation" did not begin until the following July. The coin, although "circular", appeared to be eleven-sided, aka hendecagonal (for all you geometry buffs). Actually, only the rim was hendecagonal. If memory serves, the coin was not all too popular with the populace, who often mistook it for a quarter, in spite of its hendecagonality. As a result, in terms of circulating, it didn't. In recent years, the only place you could find them was at the Post Office (in the form of change from the machines). Not too auspicious for the woman the coin was meant to commemorate.

Image of Susan in all her metallic glory.

From Google Images

The various permutations of Circular and Circulation appear 24 times in OhioLink, which places these typos on the B list of Typographical Errors in Library Databases (of high probability).

Extracted, for AUTOCAT, from Typo of the Day for Librarians at
http://librarytypos.blogspot.com/. If you have comments about the words selected, how they are selected, or the way the items are written, please contact Terry Ballard .

Cary Daniel

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