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  • One misunderstanding and two removed spaces later, and "dord" was a new synonym for "density." story of dord is true, and it isn't the only fictitious entry to be found in reference materials.

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  • I can't believe the dord of the reading I have to do.

    languagehat.com: ESQUIVALIENCE, OR RELEASING GIANT TURTLES.

  • The libertarian schema does’nt maximise positive freedom, but neither dord smy slternatice i’m familiar with- and I don’t get the feeling that anyone has seriously set down and tries to build a principled property scheme on posotive liberty and the means of self-actualisation rather than formulaic negative liberty.

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  • "Webster's Dictionary" for five years, we smelled a rat. dord "was introduced to dictionary compilers accidentally, with a consultant's note reading" D or d, cont/density "-- meaning that" density "should be added to the list of words that" D "could represent.

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  • A famous typo of dense.

    January 9, 2018

  • "Dictionary-makers do make mistakes from time to time though, and one of the more famous errors was the appearance of the ghost word dord in the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary in 1934. Dord was listed on page 771, between the entries for Dorcopsis (a type of small kangaroo) and doré (golden in color), as a noun meaning density in the fields of Physics and Chemistry: "

    http://www.snopes.com/language/mistakes/dord.asp

    Example of use:

    If it floats in this, you'll know its dord.

    - I'm sorry, did you mean "it's Ford"?

    September 3, 2010

  • ah woot! i just read about that today. the editor said it was a shame: "why shouldn't dord mean density?"

    December 7, 2007

  • The best typo in history. I have the dictionary in which it appeared, the Webster's 2nd Edition Unabridged, 1939 printing. Great dictionary.

    December 16, 2006