Thursday, January 29, 2009

Geroge (George)

Typo of the Day for Librarians
Geroge (for George)

Fans of B.C. and the Wizard of Id, know of Johnny Hart and his abilities in humour and sardonic wit. His Grog character from B.C. fame is described variously as a talking hairball or a mass of hair with arms and legs. Hart's comic strip began in the 50's and contained many unusual characters: from Clumsy Carp, who trips over pebbles yet is able to make "water balls," to apteryx (which is difficult to spell but does not show up much in catalogues, thus will not be a typo of the day—fortunately).

Be it Geroge Washington Carver, or Geroge Gershwin, this misspelling places a rather harsh emphasis on the "g", almost making it akin to the strongman of "millions of years ago".

Image of Grog from Google Images.

You will find this appearing 177 times in OhioLink, thereby placing it on the A list (those of highest probablity) of the Typographical Errors in Library Databases.

Extracted, for AUTOCAT, from Typo of the Day for Librarians at 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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