Friday, December 4, 2015

Woodwro* (for Woodrow, etc.)

It’s hard to imagine now, but on this day in 1918, Woodrow Wilson left Washington, D.C. for Versailles, France, thereby becoming the first sitting American president to make an official trip to Europe. Wilson went there to head the U.S. delegation for the peace talks ending World War I and to advocate for the establishment of his League of Nations. Even if these two endeavors cannot be considered entirely successful when viewed through the lens of subsequent history, his work toward a “just and stable peace” were enough to earn Wilson the 1920 Nobel Peace Prize.

Today’s typo Woodwro* is another uncommon one. There is only one entry in OhioLINK, and WorldCat has a mere 15 (for Woodrow, woodworm, woodworker(s), and Woodworth).

(Woodrow Wilson returning from the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919, from Wikimedia Commons)

Deb Kulczak

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