Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inagur*, Inaugua* (for Inauguration)

Typo of the Day for Librarians
Inagur*, Inaugua* (for Inauguration)

On April 16, 1789, George Washington began the journey from his home at Mount Vernon to New York City, then the nation's capital, where he would be inaugurated. Washington was reluctant to leave the serenity of his home and uncertain about his new position. His journal entry for that day noted:

"About 10 o'clock I bade adieu to Mount Vernon, to private life, and to domestic felicity, and with a mind oppressed with more anxious and painful sensations than I have words to express, set out for New York in company with Mr. Thompson, and Colonel Humphries, with the best dispositions to render service to my country in obedience to its call, but with less hope of answering its expectations."

From: "The Inauguration of George Washington, 1789," EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2005).

Quite the day today in the United States. According to the 20th Amendment, January 20th is the day of the Inauguration. A time of celebration, regardless of your political bent. Why? Because this transfer of leadership happens orderly and peacefully. What is not orderly, nor peaceful (to the eye), are the typos that appear in our catalogs.

Inauguration of Andrew Jackson

from Google images

Inagura* appears 25 times in OhioLink, including typos in English, Latin, Spanish, German. Inaugua* appears 20 times in OhioLink. This 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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