Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Suger* + Sugar* (for Sugar* or Suger*)

My cousin and I were in the same seventh-grade social studies class and collaborated one time on a high-sucrose model of Fort Ticonderoga, which we had both been taken to visit with our families in upstate New York. I remember this homework maneuver being fraught with difficulty and supplies running low; at one point, one of our mothers had to rush out to the store for another box of sugar cubes. At the end, it looked like something the British wouldn't have been able to defend—but might have enjoyed putting in their tea. Be a sweetheart and look out for this typo today. We turned up seven cases of Suger* + Sugar* (for sugar* or suger*) in OhioLINK, although a couple of those looked like the correct spelling of two different surnames.

(1875 engraving depicting the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen on May 10, 1775, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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