Monday, January 12, 2009

Asymet* (for Asymmet*)

While the word asymmetry is not truly symmetrical (or it would be a palindrome like the Finnish word saippuakivikauppias, “seller of lye”) it does have a sort of balance to it, with 2 Ms and 2 Ys.

This balance is lost with the typos asymetry, asymetrical, or asymetric, which are ranked a high probability on the Ballard list.

The male fiddler crab pictured here, with his one large claw and one small claw, is an example of asymmetry in nature, as is handedness in humans.

Leanne Olson
(Fiddler crab photo from, 8 January, 2008)

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