Thursday, January 24, 2008

Orgin* (for Origin)

When it comes to making a martini, just as there are staunch stirrers and unshakable shakers (as well as whisperers and eschewers of vermouth), there are also lemon lovers and olive snobs. And let's not forget the age-old debate: vodka or gin? With 139 hits in OhioLINK, Orgin* (for origin et al.) is a highly probable typo, its potency heightened by the fact that there are a number of different words for which it could be intended, many of which are commonly found in bibliographic records. For the Albany Institute of History and Art's 2005 Edible Books Festival, I submitted a Princess and the Pea layer cake in honor of the 200th anniversary that month of Hans Christian Anderson's birth—but my favorite entry was this martini setting meant to illustrate the book title Oliver Twist. (Created by Rich and Karen Nicholson, photo courtesy of AIHA.)

Carol Reid

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