Monday, June 21, 2010

Supplment* (for Supplement*)

Apparently, today's typo is not quite supple enough to include all its letters. But if you're enamored of Anura (the Latin word for frog), you might want to supplement your studies with a gander at the glorious illustration pictured here. (Click for a close-up view.) According to this chart, figure 4 shows "the climbing frog of Ecuador ... among the slimmest and most supple forms of treefrogs; his extraordinarily thin and long limbs (with zebralike dark stripes across) enable it of the most dexterous climbing arts." Supplment* has climbed into the "high probability" section of the Ballard list with 23 hits in OhioLINK.

(Frogs as depicted in Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 68: Batrachia, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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