Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Anti + Anit (for Anti)

In light of Monday's posting about Rapunzel (who let down her hair so that someone else might climb up it) and Tuesday's, which was all about drugs, our typo for today is Anti + Anit. (One record found in OhioLINK yesterday included this rather neat twofer: "... anit-HIV durgs ...") And, after contracting a head-scratching case of head lice last summer from some small-fry long-hairs I happen to know, I shudder a bit to show you this a portrait of the little bugger, the egg of which is known as a nit. (Some people urge the application of a drug-based shampoo to get rid of lice; others obtain good results with olive oil or mayonnaise.) We located 17 samples of this irritating typo in OhioLINK this morning. Comb carefully through your catalogs to locate more, and don't be afraid to nitpick.

(Male human head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, 2010, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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