Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Another misspelling

It feels trivial to talk about misspelling a name when the person has died. Still, given the focus of my blog, I'll do it for the second time in the past few days. (Here's my previous post on the subject.)

The #1 search yesterday on Google Hot Trends was chris benoit.

There were dozens of related searches. Among them was #26, chris benwah.

This isn't a case of elision. Rather, it's an instance where a foreign-language surname was misheard.

Perfectly reasonable mistakes in both situations. And both of them are worth noting -- for purposes of predicting what people will search for and understanding what people mean when they search for something.

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