Monday, July 14, 2008

Humanties (for Humanities)

As we learn more and more about our ties to other primates, nobody really seems quite sure just what it is that makes us human—though linguists, anthropologists, and assorted postmodernists are giving it the old college try. Humanties appears 33 times in OhioLINK, thereby evolving into a "high probability" typo. Numerous variants can be found on the Ballard list as well. (Hermès ties for humans, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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