Thursday, February 26, 2009

Anlays* and Anlys* (for Analysis, etc.)

A 1999 movie Analyze This starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal (not to be confused with the 2002 movie Analyze That starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal ...) gives everyone more than enough to analyze.

No "Z" (pronounced "zed" north of the border as well as in other parts of the globe) in this typo, only a misplaced or missing "a". A little analysis will indicate what has gone wrong here. Both Anlays* and Anlys* are individual typos in their own right, but given that they are typos for the same word, we can justifiably treat them as one. Individually or collectively, their numbers place them on the B list of Typographical Errors in Library Databases. Anlays* appears 21 times in OhioLink; Anlys* appears 36 times in OhioLink.

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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