Friday, August 24, 2012
Paticl* (for Particle, etc.)
It surely was no coincidence that soon thereafter, the Urban Dictionary word of the day was “Oh My God Particle.” Not nearly so weighty in import, it’s defined as “the gene in a person’s DNA that causes him or her to constantly text ‘OMG!’”
Paticl* is a typo of low probability. You can discover two instances of it in OhioLINK.
(Simulated Higgs boson signature, from Wikimedia Commons)
Posted by librarytypos at 5:00 AM
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It's ironic that a blog entry about typos should itself contain a glaring example of one. The particle is the Higgs boson. A bosun (boatswain) is a ship's officer.
Thanks for writing. Your correction is much appreciated. We've edited the post now.
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