Thursday, January 15, 2009

Assocat* (for Association, Associate, etc.)

Typo of the Day for Librarians
Assocat* (for Association, Associate, etc.)

It's said that many animals have an inner eyelid. It's thought to be associated with eye protection and as an aid in hunting. If you've ever noticed it in your cat or dog or even bird, it's quite an interesting feature. Something else equally interesting is the fact that Mr. Spock, an associate of the Starship Enterprise, evidently had a set of inner eyelids because his home planet of Vulcan was beset by harsh and bright light, thus its name. But that's another story for another stardate.

Also called the nictitating membrane. More information can be found here.

There are "i's" aplenty missing in "assocat*" and finding or hunting for them should not be all that difficult.

There are 120 "assocations" in OhioLink. You will find them in title fields, statements of responsibility, publisher's statements, notes fields, and subject fields. There's even an additional two appearing in an author search! Not to mention Assocates, which appears five times.

If you are so inclined, "in assocation with" will keep you busy for a while as well.

This comes from the A list (those of highest probability) of Typographical Errors in Library Databases.

Extracted, for AUTOCAT, from Typo of the Day for Librarians at If you have comments about the words selected, how they are selected, or the way the items are written, please contact Terry Ballard.

Cary Daniel

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