Friday, February 15, 2008

Unted (for United)

"Untied States" (which appears in OhioLINK 21 times) is a classic typo and one I just stumbled across in the 2007 book published by McFarland, Fool's Gold: Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library. (This case in point could similarly be called "Why Spell Check Is No Substitute for a Proofreader.") Unted is found 17 times in OhioLINK, with unt itself popping up in the dictionary as another word for the European mole. (Here's one looking utterly unty, and in a thoroughly untied state, courtesy of photographer David Cole.)

Carol Reid

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