Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Nothern (for Northern)

There's no place like home, as Dorothy once said, but sometimes there's no direction home, as Dylan once did. Nothern was located 54 times in OhioLINK, making it a "high probability" typo on the Ballard list. In the film version of The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow at one point points in all directions at once and no direction at all. The book's author L. Frank Baum took his first steps in Chittenango, New York—about a hundred miles due northwest of here. (Editorial cartoon from the January 17, 1987, Chicago Tribune, upon the death of Ray Bolger.)

Carol Reid

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