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We all make slips. Even Homer nods. But his editors at least should have picked this up.

Peter Harvey

I think they should. I have just read a very interesting book (Languages and Communities in Modern Europe, Peter Burke, Cambridge) which has 'defecit' (twice) and 'dipthong' as well as 'canon' and 'later' for 'cannon' and 'latter'. Given the immense amount of work that I have spent on proofreading my own book for self-publication I have little sympathy with professionals who get it wrong to that extent. Does CUP not use spell-checkers?

Spell-check errors (e.g. Janeiro for January and monster for minister) should, nevertheless, be regarded separately from spelling and typographical ones.

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