Monday, July 23, 2007

July 23, 2007 - New Yrok

The current war has done a lot to change the old Iraq, but so far the spelling of it remains the same. In this country, according to the Urban Dictionary, the initialism YROK means: Yeah, right, okay! (an exclamation indicating disbelief). We here at "Typo of the Day for Librarians" are rarely shocked and awed into disbelief by any typo, no matter how funny or egregious, and New Yrok is no exception. I found six instances of it in the New York State Library's OPAC and, while there might be fewer of them in the catalogs of libraries without "York" in their names, the Ballard list considers this to be a "high probability" typo. (Illustration of the proposed new Iraqi flag, rejected in 2004.)

Carol Reid

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