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Posted: 15 August 2018 10:04 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I was reading Sanford Schwartz’s NYRB review of an exhibition of the art of Stuart Davis when I was stopped by this:

Yet all the elements are also beckoningly sturdy and firm—practically indominable—because [...]

I thought at first “indominable” must be a misprint for “indomitable,” but when I googled it I found it has its own Wiktionary entry:

Alteration of indomitable under the impression that indomitable in the phrase “indomitable spirit” refers to a “spirit which cannot be dominated”.

So it’s a thing, but I don’t remember having encountered it before (and I’m trying not to be shocked by its appearance in the august pages of the NYRB)—have you?

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Posted: 15 August 2018 11:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Alteration of indomitable under the impression that indomitable in the phrase “indomitable spirit” refers to a “spirit which cannot be dominated”.

But if not that, what does indominable mean? I don’t get it.

(I vote for typo.)

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Posted: 16 August 2018 07:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’m leaning towards typo too, especially since later on there’s a “publically.” Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

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Posted: 16 August 2018 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Dave Wilton - 15 August 2018 11:23 AM

I don’t get it.)

Thank you.  I was sitting here trying to figure out what I was missing.

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Posted: 17 August 2018 12:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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languagehat - 16 August 2018 07:18 AM

I’m leaning towards typo too, especially since later on there’s a “publically.” Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

That’s almost internet-ingrained now, should be in the dics in a decade or so.

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Posted: 17 August 2018 04:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Yeah, I know, and it’s not like I think anyone who uses it should be public(al)ly shamed or anything, but I can’t help but expect more conservative standards from a prestigious publication like the NYRB—I am a copyeditor by profession, after all.

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Posted: 17 August 2018 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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languagehat - 16 August 2018 07:18 AM

I’m leaning towards typo too, especially since later on there’s a “publically.” Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

Yeah? Seems more likely to me that both publically and indominable are common spelling errors, rather than the result of typos. For one thing, the T is nowhere near the N on a keyboard.
Edit: or perhaps my notion of what a typo is is unreasonably narrow.

[ Edited: 17 August 2018 12:27 PM by OP Tipping ]
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Posted: 17 August 2018 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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languagehat - 16 August 2018 07:18 AM

I’m leaning towards typo too, especially since later on there’s a “publically.” Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

This spelling usage does go back to the late 18th Century, and has been used by many sources into the 21st Century. It seems to be gaining in popularity.

http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/154055?redirectedFrom=publically#eid

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/45136/difference-between-publicly-and-publically#45139

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Posted: 17 August 2018 04:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Seems more likely to me that both publically and indominable are common spelling errors, rather than the result of typos.

I’ll accept either explanation; the point is that I no longer think “indominable” is some kind of alternate spelling I had been unaware of.  It’s just a mistake, and one that should have no place in an edited journal.

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