February 28, 1939

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1939 the word “dord” was discovered lurking in the ‘New International Dictionary’. The word was a huge embarrassment for the G and C Merriam Company as dord was not actually a word, it was a typo. The entry was meant to read “D or d” as an abbreviation for density. It was also found that dord was first included in 1934 edition, so it had a run of 5 years before it was discovered.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to February 28, 1939

  1. Joe Malik says:

    I see the dords! I see the dords!

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