Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Synomy* (for Synonym, Synonymous, etc.)

Arkansas is hardly synonymous with polo, and yet for the last quarter century, Fayetteville has been home to a benefit match in early September to support Life Styles, Inc., an area organization whose worthy goal is “helping individuals with disabilities achieve the skills and talents they need to live as independently as possible.” According to their Web site, Polo in the Ozarks is the oldest charity event in Northwest Arkansas and draws nearly 2,000 spectators each year.  Speaking from experience, it’s a lot of fun!

The same cannot be said of the typo Synomy*.  A search of OhioLINK yields 11 entries, and WorldCat hosts 322 such errors.  Some are for materials is languages other than English, but it would be worth looking at all the results in your own catalog, as this particular typo crops up in places like parallel titles and subject heading strings.

(Polo players, from Wikimedia Commons)

Deb Kulczak

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