Thursday, June 21, 2007

June 21, 2007 - Summm*

It's summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime ... Mmm! But in our enthusiasm for the season, it's sometimes easy to overdo it. The Ballard list puts Summm* in its "high probability" category of library typos; OhioLINK had 23 records, while my own library had 12. They weren't all cases of the summertime blues, though. In fact, typos for summary/summaries slightly edged out those for summer/summertime in both of these databases, followed by misspellings of summit, summa, summoned, and summos. You can also find typos that err on the other side, having one M instead of two. OhioLINK returned eight hits for Sumary, five for Sumaries, and three for Sumertime, just to give you some idea. So, umm, enjoy your vocation and don't let the M and M's melt in your hand. (Photograph by P.I King.)

Carol Reid

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