Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Historial (for historical)

Historial for Historical - this morning's selection reminds us of something that George Bernard Shaw once said: "We learn from history that we've learned nothing from history." This classic missing letter typo is found on the B, or high probability section of Typographical Errors in Library Databases at http://faculty.quinnipiac.edu/libraries/tballard/typoscomplete.html ,
meaning that it was found at least 16 times in OHIOLINK at the time of its discovery. It also means that the typo is very likely lurking in your online catalog somewhere. We always recommend that librarians check for context before changing one of these words, and we need to give an extra note of caution on this one. Historial appears to be a legitimate word in Spanish and French. Today's picture is from Inisheer, the smallest of the 3 Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay in Ireland. Inisheer is home to more than 30 centuries of historic ruins. The full version can be seen at:

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