Definitions

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).

Etymologies

ditto +‎ -graphy (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Kamehameha, king of Hawaii,
    Declined to sup on simple ahi.
    It's shrewd lexicography
    To spot the dittography
    And divine he would eat mahimahi.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    October 11, 2015

  • An interesting word for a certain kind of mistake occasionally encountered in occasionally encountered in medieval manuscripts manuscripts and on the Web.

    May 19, 2015