Thursday, April 5, 2007

April 6, 2007 - Bellweather

Bellweather for the actually correct "Bellwether" is one more word that has not yet been tracked by the Libtypos team, but it qualifies for the "Low probability" section of the list by appearing twice in OhioLINK this morning. This typo came up years ago because it appeared by mistake on the Main Page of the Ballard list and the eagle-eyed Phalbe Henriksen set the culprit straight. However nobody at the time, apparently, checked OhioLINK. This is in a class of typos that appears, not because of faulty hand movements, but because somebody didn't know how to spell the word. The classic example of that is "Questionaire" for "Questionnaire." On the other hand, the secret to Bellweather's low count is simply that it is a word that people don't use very much.

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