Thursday, August 4, 2011

Aughust* (for August*)

Apparently August is a tricky word to spell. Although most of the permutations of misspellings surrounding the month appear as low or very low probability typos on the Ballard List, there are enough of them to make it worth paying special attention to this month.

So far, we've identified Aughust, Augist, Auguts, Auguust, Augiust, Augukst, Augut, Auqust, and Auqust.

What’s up with our inability to get “August” right? Are we cataloguers all a little addled from the heat and sun? Or perhaps we've been getting ready early for tomorrow, August 5, which is International Beer Day?

(Image of the hot August sun from Wikimedia Commons)

Leanne Olson

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