Monday, May 21, 2007

May 21, 2007 – Abstact*

Abstact* appears 22 times in OhioLINK and 181 times in WorldCat (on keyword searches of Abstact, Abstacts, and Abstacted) and also ranks in the "high probability" portion of the Ballard list. No need to be tactful with this distracting typo. You can retract and redact every one of these stat, without having to dodge any false hits, since Abstact does not appear to do double duty as a proper noun, place name, or foreign word. Of course, all abstractions must be taken with a grain of salt, so make sure to examine the source when the typo appears in a transcribed field, and apply "sic" as needed.

Carol Reid

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