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Autocorrect Greatest Hits

On a monthly basis I exchange food remarks with a friend. In some of the messages there is often a linguistic puzzle to solve. A veritable cornucopia of the deliciously memorable. Look how squash turned out: shush From an exchange … Continue reading

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The Learners Actually Teach

The polite question: It is possible that a typing error also occurs in the statement? “The possibility of dialogue is inscribed in the very gesture of theorizing is a gesture of demarcations.” (Humanist 17.341 theory) I asked a friend living … Continue reading

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Descant on the Descent of Dissent

I thought there were pronounced distinctly differently (long e for descent; short i for dissent) until I read this accidental in a text by Andrew Steves. Nonconformist publishers can be put at a considerable competitive disadvantage if their choice to … Continue reading

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Anachronism Fest

I find anachronism to be a charming trope. I am particularly drawn to the markers of temporal irregularities. Julia Cooper in The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy describes how news spread of the death of President Lincoln. … Continue reading

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Stick Stock Stuck

Tick. Tock. Tuck. Autocorrect can lead to some nice surprises: I saw an interesting recipe for soup: take Brussel sprouts and lightly fry with onion and garlic, add turmeric and curry powder. Add stick and let cook. Puree. Seems delicious. … Continue reading

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What is a Godlfish?

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco “Aunt Margaret” from The Tough Romance 1979 rpt Guernica Editions, 1990 […] There was a marshy patch behind her house. When Sundays brought the family to her rooms, I’d hunt the puddled grass for frogs and … Continue reading

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Auto Error Correct or Auto Correct Error

From a legal newsletter Fun with Spelling Clients and/or opposing parties may be puzzled or insulted if you accidentally recommend ‘medication’ or ‘meditation’ rather than ‘mediation’, even though the former two may be more appropriate to the case. It has … Continue reading

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Profs and Porn Star Names

A most curious error crept into My Mother Was a Computer by N. Katherine Hayles. Montreal professor Eric Savoy appears as Ric Savoy in a discussion of a Henry James story (In the Cage). The name change takes on a … Continue reading

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The Context of Contest

There is for me a very interesting accidental in the text of “Film as Dialogical Art: Bakhtin, Pragmatics and Film Criticism” by Janina Falkowska a paper presented at the 1991 “Interaction in Process” Colloquium of Comparative Literature in Canada and … Continue reading

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Global Joke

Play on an expression figée nets an interesting double take. GAME VS. REAL There are typos all over the word. Jason Christie. Canada Post. (Snare Books, 2006) And so for day 1454 06.12.2010

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