from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Accidental omission of a letter or letter group that should be repeated in writing, for example, mispell for misspell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In paleography and textual criticism: A copyist's mechanical or inadvertent omission of a letter, or of a series of letters or words, repeated in immediate succession in the passage of the original manuscript copied.
- n. A reading originating in such an omission. See dittography.
As a calligraphy teacher, I find the word haplography useful.
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.
On the website where you can read the entire script of H is for House, there is a charming little note about the word haplography.
Their omission would seem to be obviously due to haplography.
Dio's Rome, Volume 2 An Historical Narrative Originally Composed in Greek During the Reigns of Septimius Severus, Geta and Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus; and Now Presented in English Form. Second Volume Extant Books 36-44 (B.C. 69-44).
_Quique quod_ is obviously prone to haplography; on the other hand, it could be a rewriting of _qui quod id es_, which is itself presumably a simple corruption through interchange of _qui quod es id_.
_Solus_ was lost through haplography ( 'fulua solus': the elongated 's' form common in manuscripts would have facilitated the error) and _tristis_ interpolated to restore the metre.
NVNC (_FIL_) looks like a rewriting of the line, perhaps following the loss of _crimen_ by haplography (_cr_iM _s_im_ilE_).
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.
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