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July 23, 2007

The Groves of Academe

For the second time this year, I have had the odd experience of reading a dissertation and finding that the bibliography includes a reference to my work.

Both times, my name was spelled wrong.

I am willing to bet this happens a third time.

Posted by smclemee at July 23, 2007 1:41 PM


You'd think McLemmee would be an easy name to get right.

Posted by: Peter Glavodevedhzhe at July 23, 2007 2:40 PM

It's not MacClammie that's hard to spell, it's Skott.

Posted by: JBJ at July 23, 2007 6:18 PM

The thing is, it's actually pronounced "scoot." A lot of people get that wrong.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at July 23, 2007 6:23 PM

Not the same thing, exactly, but I once called an artistic director I know for a news story I was writing on deadline, left a message with an assistant and never got a call back. I irritatedly called him back the next day -- only to learn that he'd ignored the note his assistant left him because it said someone named "Tyrone Sleek" had called.

My wife actually prefers that name to my own.

Jerome Weeks

Posted by: book/daddy at July 23, 2007 6:51 PM

Ah, but will you bet that it happens again this year?

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at July 23, 2007 10:31 PM

Actually I just remembered that one of my columns is supposed to be used in a writing course at Harvard this summer.

So, yes, chances are it has already happened.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at July 24, 2007 10:50 AM

Assuming, anyway, that that writing course issues in a dissertation.

Posted by: ben wolfson at July 24, 2007 4:34 PM

Scott, I'm so glad I found this blog (how many do you have?). And I identify with you on the name issue--blogged about that myself here.

Posted by: Erika D. at July 26, 2007 7:09 PM