Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Spelling by ear: If we don't ban together ...

What do you make of this hed? Accident -- a typo that got past an already short-staffed desk (with deadlines pushed up for the holiday, occurring atop the sort of breaking story that tends to crash in right on deadline anyway)? Or a deliberate choice, produced by someone who's used to hearing "bantogether" but not used to seeing "band together" written?

Language Czarina was pretty convinced it was a typo (not a bad strategy -- when in doubt, bet on human error). I wanted to hold out hope for the spell-by-ear option. Then I saw this, among the comments on a story elsewhere:

People will not ban together with a boycott if this happens.

So I'm a little more inclined to think it was intentional. What do you characters think?

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4 Comments:

Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

I don't remember encountering this before, but upon examination I have to agree that it's intentional. http://tinyurl.com/yh87teu

12:47 PM, December 30, 2009  
Blogger Charley said...

It could be a typo, but the linguist in me sees a perfect environment for the spell-by-ear mistake.

1:57 PM, December 30, 2009  
Anonymous M.C. said...

Gee, I really hope it was a mistake. Benefit of the doubt here.

2:45 PM, December 30, 2009  
Blogger Charley said...

Oh, it's a mistake. That's not in dispute. The question is whether the word was chosen intentionally or was meant to be "band" but was mistyped.

3:08 PM, December 30, 2009  

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