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We interrupt Food Season for a DEMON.
Ever misspelled a word or committed a typo? It wasn’t your fault; you were demonically possessed. Ian Chillag from Everything is Alive podcast introduces us to Titivillus, the typo demon.
This episode’s subject matter intersects with several other Allusionist episodes: Gossip, about the usefulness of/prejudice against gossip; To Err is Human, about the errors that have stuck in English; WPM, about typing champions; Mountweazel, about deliberate mistakes in the dictionary; New Rules, about how autocorrect is out to get me…
Learn more about the Wicked Bible in the Everything is Alive episode Jennifer, Newspaper.
…which also featured the typo ‘great-asse’, instead of ‘greatnesse’.
But it’s not the only bible with some lively typos.
Was the ‘not’ omission in the Wicked Bible deliberate sabotage by a rival printer?
I did a TED talk about scribes. Rough job, having to write on hairy skin.
YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
Ian Chillag makes the podcast Everything Is Alive, one of the funniest and most original shows out there. If you’re looking for a place to start, my favourite episode is Alex, Alex and Sebastian, Russian Dolls. Follow Ian on Twitter @IanChillag.
This episode was produced by me, Helen Zaltzman. Martin Austwick makes the music that you hear in every episode. Download his songs at palebirdmusic.com and listen to his new podcast Year of the Bird about the songs he writes.
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