Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Neterl* (for Netherl*)

On March 3rd in 1931, United States President Herbert Hoover officially adopted "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the US national anthem.

National anthems became popular in the 19th century, with the first one being Britain’s God Save the Queen/King in 1825. However, some anthems have even more impressive origins: Japan boasts the oldest lyrics, from the 9th century, and the Netherlands the oldest music, from a melody written before 1572.

The Netherlands is our typing error for the day, with Neterl* as a low probability typo on the Ballard list. It can work as a typo for Netherlands or Nederlandsche.

Leanne Olson

(Photo of sheet music for The Star-Spangled Banner from Wikimedia Commons.)

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