1934, a ghost word printed in "Webster's New International Dictionary" and defined as a noun used by physicists and chemists, meaning "density." In sorting out and separating abbreviations from words in preparing the dictionary's second edition, a card marked "D or d" meaning "density" somehow migrated from the "abbreviations" stack to the "words" stack. The "D or d" entry ended up being typeset as a word, dord, and defined as a synonym for density. The mistake was discovered in 1939.
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Contemporary Examples of dord
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Historical Examples of dord
So Finn sounded the Dord Fiann, and they answered with a shout, every one hurrying to be the first.
Finn sounded the Dord Fiann then, and Daire played some sorrowful music to let their people know where they were.