Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Metamop*, etc. (for Metamorphosis)

One of the first term papers I ever wrote in high school was, for some reason, about Franz Kafka and, after discovering his letters and diaries and overall m├ętier of "troubled individuals in a nightmarishly impersonal and bureaucratic world" (Wikipedia), I've had a soft spot in my heart for him ever since. (And another Kafka cockle just got warmer upon realizing he was born on the same day as my book-revering grandmother, twenty years earlier.) The work most of us were required to read at a time when many of us felt quite a lot like large grotesque bugs ourselves was The Metamorphosis, and the following typos for that word appear in OhioLINK as follows: Metamop* (12 times), Metmorph* (five), and Metomorph*, Metemorph*, and Metamorpo* (one time each).

(A mop-haired young Franz, before metamorphosing into a moping one—a common caricature of Kafka—from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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