Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Apolgetic*, Apolig* (for Apologetic, Apology)

Today is (unofficially) National Sorry Day in Australia, when Australians have the chance to make an apology for the mistreatment of aboriginal peoples. I do not see a parallel day in the United States for American Indians, although one would certainly be appropriate. Both Apolgetic* and Apolig* are typos of low probability on the Ballard list. While the former is a simple case of missing a letter, the latter is related to how the word is pronounced.

Don't just apologize for the errors in your database; get out there and fix them!

Liz Bodian
Chicago Public Library

An image of an Aboriginal totem pole, from Wikimedia Commons.

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