Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Alll* (for All, etc.)

It’s August in Arkansas, at least for this one final day, and it’s all about hot weather and ragweed allergies. In Fort Smith, not even an hour south of here, there were 18 days this month with high temperatures at or above 100°F. And in Fayetteville, you can’t buy rain, but the ragweed is still flourishing.

Alll* is another high on the Ballard typo list. It occurs 25 times in records for English-language materials in the OhioLINK catalog. Sometimes it’s a misspelling of “all” (the exception being AllLookSame), but it also occurs in words like “alliance,” “allowed,” and “allegro.”

And now if you’ll pardon me, I have to go sneeze.

(Ambrosia artemisiifolia, or Common Ragweed, from Wikimedia Commons)

Deb Kulczak

1 comment:

Kristen said...

In case you take suggestions, I accidentally put sruvey into Connexion and got 85 hits. Didn't see it on the Ballard list.