I never saw a purple brain...

Cynthia R. Hall crhall01 at MOREHEAD-ST.EDU
Thu Dec 9 00:26:19 UTC 2004

This is the most refreshing comment that I have ever seen made on this server.
Thank you. Gary Burgess would be proud.

Quoting "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU>:

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> Subject:      I never saw a purple brain...
> When I saw the title of this dissertation listed in the short table of
> contents in LINGUIST Lite, I thought it was a typo by the editorial staff,
> so I went to the full notice. The spelling was the same in the official
> summary that was furnished by the granting institution, MIT. I followed the
> URL to the PDF of the dissertation itself. There it is on the title page:
> [Mag<en>to...]
> I checked to be sure we weren't dealing with a breakthrough in
> chromolinguistics. "Magnetoencephalography" and properly related terms show
> up many times in a search of the text, while the transposition appears only
> twice, both times in the title, on the title and abstract pages in the same
> font. I would guess, from my own experience, that it was one of the last
> things typed, going through a weary brain in a weary body, and escaped
> poorfreading [sic]. The author may want to have it officially fixed.
> -- Mark A. Mandel
> [This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]
> ALWAYS PROOFREAD. You may have something out.

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