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Maybe its just me, you know? I'm reading the required papers for class, and from the very first to (very nearly) the last, I have words underlined with little arrows -> for the definition I had to look up. Like loci. Now, it means focus, which I kind of figured. However, you never know what word might be a key one in a sentence, so you look it up to make sure. Here's a short list for one paper.
conspecific - animals or plants belonging to the same species.
phylogeny - evolutionary development of a species or group of organisms.
helminthes - a parasite, like a hookworm, whip worm, etc.
~~not too bad, right? Then, I run across this one: UATHROS. I drive myself crazy. I look up in the dictionary, and online. I finally figured out, it's a freaking misspell of the word authors. I'm gonna send a little "thank you" e-mail to my professor for providing comic relief while writing my discussion post on said paper.
Just goes to show you that even academics occasionally fail to use spell check.