Friday, June 4, 2010

Mongraph* (for Monograph*)

The word mons is Latin for mountain and, predictably enough, is found in many places (such as France, Belgium, and Switzerland), as well as in the names of historical events (like the 1914 Battle of Mons and the Mons Affair in 18th-century Russia). If one is female, she need look no further than down at her lap (or, if dressed, the palm of her hand). And if one happens to be an astrogeologist, mons usually refers to mountains in space, on the moon or various planets. (Not to be confused with the mons Veneris or "mount of Venus": see previous sentence.) And then, of course, there are the Mon people of Myanmar. So, c'mon people, let's be on the lookout for our typo of the day, which was found 33 times in OhioLINK.

(Singe du Grand Garde, or "Grand Monkey Guard," in front of the city hall in Mons, Belgium, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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