Thursday, July 24, 2008

Daivd (for David)

"Wherever we go in this great land of ours, we've found that people everywhere are 90% water," according to David Letterman. Daivd is an unusual typo for this group because it is an inverted letter in a very short word, and it looks obviously wrong. That doesn't stop it from appearing on the B, or high probability section of Typographical errors in library databases at In Google, there are fewer than 200,000 daivds. However, there are more than 300 of them in WorldCat, which helps to explain the high placement. As with all inverted letter typos, the offending letters are on opposite sides of the keyboard, leading to left brain/right brain implications.

Today's photo shows the Ed Sullivan Theater, where David Letterman presents his Top Ten Lists each weeknight. The original can be found at

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