Posted by Peter Hyland on January 16, 2018 at 07:15:13 user Peter_H.
In Reply to: Re: Misprint in Great Northern? posted by Adam Quinan on January 15, 2018 at 09:00:29:
Yes, I think this is one of the rare AR errors, but a very excusable one. AR wants us to 'hear' Cook's kindly voice as Dick reads the note. I suppose Cook would use 'owt' in written form, because this word is not mis-spelt and she would have seen the word in print in North Country fiction and the local press. However, she would surely not have written 'makin', but would have included the 'g', as she did in 'wanting' in the very next sentence. In print, 'makin' is a spelling mistake which Cook would not make. But, in haste, she perhaps would have left the apostrophe out of 'owts'.
None of this is any sort of problem and is a bit pedantic, but I find it of interest. The pitfalls of authorship!
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