Friday, June 20, 2008

Moom (for Moon)

In honor of the month of June, today's sort of typo occurs once in a blue moon: Moom is our first typo that is also a palindrome. While looking for examples, we ended up gazing at some unrelated names and corporate bodies, but the lunar body in question came up just as expected. Although we only found three of them in OhioLINK, two dozen or so were discovered in WorldCat. About three dozen, however, turned out to be transliterations of the name Somerset Maugham. (Around a dozen were correctly spelled names.) The most endearing example of the not-quite-a-typo was Krazy & Ignatz: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims. And, speaking of great reads, make sure you don't truncate this one or else you'll be awash in Moomintrolls—not at all a bad thing to be, in fact. (Picture captured from Google Space and rendered in mirror image, so that like our typo of the day it reads the same from right to left as it does from left to right.)

Carol Reid

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