Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Enland, etc. (for England)

Enland occurs nine times in OhioLINK (one contains the error in the original), along with a few instances each of Egland, Englnd, and Egnland. The one misspelling we didn't find for the erstwhile ruler of the British Isles was Eland, but you might have better luck. It reminds me of the definition for the word eland (meaning a large African antelope) supplied by my seven-year-old nephew during a recent game of Balderdash: "An E-shaped island." (Photograph of Egg Island, from the Halifax Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website.)

Carol Reid

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