Friday, May 23, 2008

Enchanc* (for Enhance, etc.)

An Alaskan librarian with a "medium-small database" took a chance on this error found in a single video record and wrote in to report it. As it turned out she stumbled upon a goldmine. Its frequency was enhanced in OhioLINK to 77, making Enchanc* a "high probability" typo and a rather enchanting one, at least to those of us inclined to find spelling blunders spellbinding. (This quirky illustration from Wikimedia Commons is called "Lézard Enchanteur" and has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it charmingly apt for our typo of the day. Enchanté. Thanks, Kristine!)

Carol Reid

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