Friday, April 4, 2008

Did you mean "Ottowa"?

Ottowa (for Ottawa)

"Ottowa" for Ottawa is a high probability typo. The typo is most likely caused by mispronouncing the word. My point is not to start an argument on the correct Canadian and/or U.S. pronunciation, although many folks agree on "AH-ta-wa." When the word is pronounced as "AH-tow-wa," however, then the misspelling begins. A Google search of "Ottowa" hits 340,000 entries plus the helpful hint: "Did you mean: Ottawa."

Picture: Peace Tower at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada, during the Spring Tulip Festival.

Wendee Eyler

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