Friday, August 10, 2007

August 10, 2007 - Paino

Playing piano is plainly a pain. And if you think piano practice is hard, try saying that sentence five times fast. In The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T., the only live-action movie (to speak of) based on a Dr. Seuss story, young Bartholomew hates practicing the piano. He tries various means of evasion, but eventually falls asleep, only to dream of being trapped in music-lesson servitude and forced to play scales at a large-scale keyboard, with 499 other captive boys, by the rather fascistic and fey Dr. Terwilliger. Paino is a "high probability" typo on the Ballard list, with 60 cases in OhioLINK. Close to a third of these, however, are the proper spellings of proper names. Now, let's all sit up straight and practice the “Happy Fingers Method” of typo avoidance, shall we?

Carol Reid

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