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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Definitions for haplography

  1. the accidental omission of a letter or letter group that should be repeated in writing, as in Missippi for Mississippi.

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Citations for haplography
May I add a note to John Kidd’s “The scandal of Ulysses” on the related ruckus over textual corruptions in the Gilbert and Ellmann edition of Joyce’s letters … in the novel the disappearance of an aposiopesis and a dieresis, dittography replacing what had been mistaken as haplography, etc. Robert Craft, Letter to the editor, "'The Scandal of Ulysses': An Exchange,"The New York Review of Books, August 18, 1988
…the editorial or compositorial amendment of outright errors and misprints, caused by haplography or mistyping, is unexceptionable. , "The Texts," The Works of Joseph Conrad: Notes on Life and Letters, edited by J.H. Stape, 2004
Origin of haplography
Haplography comes from the Greek roots haplo-, meaning "single," and -graphy, which denotes a process of writing.