from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the accidental, erroneous act of repeating a word, phrase or combination of letters by a scribe or copyist.
- n. the errors produced thereby
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In paleography and textual criticism:
- n. Mechanical or unconscious repetition of a series of letters or words in copying a manuscript.
- n. A passage or reading so originated. Opposed to haplography (which see).
Its opposite is dittography: the writing twice of what should have been written once, such as ‘critics’ becoming ‘crititics’.
I would see "gingerlyly" as a dittography or "dittottography", as some linguists ought not to be able to resist calling it, if they are to be consistent.
Other slips which always occur in the handing down of manuscripts, such as haplography, dittography, insertion of glosses, transposition, even of entire columns, must also be taken into consideration whilst estimating the text of the Sacred Books.
The business about haplography and dittography and homoteleuton reminds me of H for Housman as a critic … It’s certainly relevant to our new textual problems – that is, how poems are reproduced on the web.
2 Chu Tzu-wen (before 1198) suggested that the repetition of "his family" [omission: Chinese characters] and of "the King of Hans" [omission: Chinese characters] is due to dittography.
1 Wang Hsien-ch'ien notes that [omission: Chinese characters] is here a superfluous interpolation and dittography; SC 8: 25a has this sentence without this character.
2 Wang Hsien-ch'ien remarks that the word [omission: Chinese characters] is redundant; the SC and the Han-chi do not have it; it is a dittography for the next occurrence of this word.
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