ghost word

ghost word

noun
a word that has come into existence by error rather than by normal linguistic transmission, as through the mistaken reading of a manuscript, a scribal error, or a misprint.

Origin:
1885–90

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ghost word
 
n
a word that has entered the language through the perpetuation, in dictionaries, etc, of an error

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