from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apparent word or false form found in manuscript or print, due to some blunder of the scribe, editor, or printer.


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  • So also, "canoe" is a ghost-word, traced to a misreading of _scaphas_ as

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920

  • Sometimes, even — as in the case of syllabus — the ghost-word has acquired flesh and bones and become a respectable citizen of the world of words.

    On Dictionaries

  • Many a ghost-word due to a seventeenth century misprint still gibbers at us from the mote ambitious dictionaries of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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  • Alas and dammit, Chambers has dropped the last three words of its definition of ghost-word: "a word that has originated in the blunder of a scribe or printer -- common in dictionaries."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 1


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