Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Englsh (for English)

One of our favorite New Yorker cartoons (decades old) shows a young man at a cocktail party speaking with an older gentleman and explaining "I'm really into, like, you know, the English language." Depending on your age and point of view, the language is either evolving or going down the tubes. We are amazed when we hear radio announcers saying something like "The President will speak in a half hour from now." Englsh is a classic case of a missing vowel typo, and it is found on the C, or moderate probability, section of Typographical errors in library databases at http://faculty.quinnipiac.edu/libraries/tballard/typoscomplete.html , meaning that it was found at least 8 times in OhioLINK at the time of its discovery.
Today's photograph shows a pub in the Chelsea section of London - a pleasant thing to consider during a heat wave. The original can be found at http://www.pbase.com/terryballard/image/50358338

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