Thursday, May 1, 2008

Chicgo, etc. (for Chicago)

I'm not trying to give anyone a dressing-down here, but the following typos show up in OhioLINK anywhere from one to five times apiece: Chicgo, Chiago, Chicao, Cicago, Chicaog, Chichago, Chiacgo, and Chicaggo. All of which remind me that Chicago is home to the ultra-chic ALA, the go-to group for all things librarian. And despite some dog-eared dogma to the contrary, librarians in their way are among the most stylish of go-getters. It appears, in fact, that even non-librarians, if they've done their research or simply have the knack for looking smart, can acquire the label librarian chic—which Word Spy defines as "a fashion style that uses elements of, or is inspired by, the styles stereotypically attributed to librarians." (Pictured to the right is an example so designated from Scott Schuman's blog The Sartorialist, "selected as one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Design Influencers.")

Carol Reid

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