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Editing/Writing Tragedy for 12/23/07,0,4932856.triviaquiz

All I want for Christmas is spell check.

Or did the Chicago Tribune — the Chicago Tribune, people! — unilaterally replace “Noel” with “Nowell”?


December 23, 2007 - Posted by | Editing/Writing Tragedies | ,


  1. It’s in question #21.

    Comment by esheley | December 23, 2007 | Reply

  2. “Nowell” is another spelling of the time – the celebration of the rebirth of light, “Noio Helle”. I’ve seen it “Nowel” also. Noiohelle to you! I’m sure Noel Coward would feel the same. And thanks to Gabe Goldberg for referencing your blog in DCPubs.

    Comment by Susan | January 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. That’s interesting, Susan — thanks for the input. I just checked my Webster’s Unabridged dictionary and it has “Nowell” listed. However, here’s the entry in its entirety: “a boy’s given name, form of Noel.” It also lists “nowel” uncapitalized and refers to it as an archaic form of “Noel.”

    I’m now torn between giving the Tribunites the benefit of the doubt as you have done, and sticking with my initial assumption of a mistake. Hmmmm.

    Comment by esheley | January 1, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for information.
    many interesting things

    Comment by celpjefscycle | January 12, 2008 | Reply

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