Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Summery, Summeries (for Summary, Summaries)

The word Summery is correctly spelled in some settings, but badly misspelled in others. OhioLINK yields 31 instances of "summery," 17 of them being the right way to spell a word that's on the minds of many a New Yorker today as the mercury climbs into the 80s. (Actually, 12 are for a song title by Samuel Barber entitled "The Queen's Face on the Summery Coin.") The database also contains 13 records with Summeries, which is in every case a typo. In summary, don't let wondering what the weather outside is like distract you. It's definitely summery. (Idyllic image of Sweden in summer, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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