Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wonderings and Googlings (Wherein I wonder about words, then I Google them)

All who doubt the word-conspiracy theory I wrote of yesterday, behold: Not 24 hours after I blogged that the word "Columbia" was out to get me by trying to pass itself off as "Colombia," I found this in a story I was editing:

(The restaurant) Botero, features ... original paintings by the Columbian artist along the walls.

So I thought I'd do a Google search see whether this spelling is spreading its poison across the Web. Yup.

Bogota, Columbia -Colombia = 72,800 hits

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Matthew Newton said...

You know, Columbia University has an excellent Master of Fine Arts program. If the restaurant was showing paintings from one of the students or faculty then it could have been a Columbian painter...
Try that excuse on for size the next time it slips past.

June Casagrande said...

Hey, you're really on to something! I could even tailor it to the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" crowd -- remember that redheaded character with the sequinned top hat and tap shoes? For all I knew, the artist COULD have specialized in pictures of her ...


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