themselfs / themselve

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 30 22:58:27 UTC 2009

On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 7:34 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:

> at first i thought it was just a typo.  but it's easy to google up
> more, many more, e.g.:

I don't follow the logic here. If one author uses an unusual form or
spelling consistently, it's certainly intentional; maybe an idiosyncrasy or
a variation, but certainly not a typo (slip between mind and pen/keyboard,
or perhaps more generally misspelling). But you seem to be saying that if we
find many independent occurrences of such a form, from many separate
authors, then it is not a typo, even if there's no evidence that any of them
use it consistently or even more than once. Do I read you right?

Mark Mandel

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