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  • MTV has ordered 12 episodes of The Real World: New Orleans 2, a series that will follow a group of young adults exploring the Southern beacon of preservance and new beginnings.

    MTV “The Real World: New Orleans 2″ Trailer

  • Yogic asanas such as yogamudra, vakrasan, bhujangasana, vajrasan, paschimottasana, shalabhasana and halasana and yogic kriyas like kunjal, jalneti and simple pranayamas like anuloma-viloma, shitali, kapalbhati and shitkari have also been found beneficial for the treatment of alcoholism and preservance of general health.

    Natural Remedies for Curing Alcoholism

  • Mark you also, the care taken in the preservance of her power to control the elements.

    The Jewel of Seven Stars

  • Murkertach, we admire, in turn, his many shining personal qualities, which even tasteless panegyric cannot hide, and the prudence, self-denial, patience, and preservance with which he awaits his day of power.

    A Popular History of Ireland : from the Earliest Period to the Emancipation of the Catholics — Volume 1

  • [Footnote 260: "King Edward the first caused and committed divers copies of the records, and much concerning the realm of Scotland, unto divers abbies for the preservance thereof; which for the most part are now perished, or rare to be had; and which privilie by the dissolution of monasteries is detained.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance

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  • I expect that preservance is a misspelling of perseverance. This is a curious feature of Wordnik and a danger to the unwary. If someone searches for a misspelled word an entry page is generated for that erroneous string and in some cases, like preservance, there are even example sentences containing the misspelling, creating an impression of legitimacy. See the example of impune (unpunished) in which all the examples are misspelled efforts to write a different word, impugn (discredit).

    Some non-words enjoy a kind of zombie existence. Such a one is risable, which I see in the Recently Looked Up list almost daily. It shows up in the list and provokes curiosity: "Is it a word I don't know or is it a misspelling of risible?" So it is looked up again and shows up in the Recent list again, and on and on. It has been looked up thousands of times. At least that entry page does identify it as a misspelling.

    Is there some threshold of futility that must be crossed before a word gets the "common misspelling" treatment?

    July 19, 2014