Physics Lecturer Spots 99 Year Old Mistake in Dictionary
It was seen lately that an Australian physics lecturer has spotted a 99 year old mistake in the Oxford English Dictionary of the definition of the word "siphon”.
When Dr. Stephen Hughes, from the University of Technology in Brisbane was doing a research for an article he noticed the error in the dictionary.
According to the OED definition, the atmospheric pressure makes siphons work, whereas it was the force of gravity that made it work.
It was informed that siphons brought fluid from a higher location to a lower one and were often used for taking out liquid from containers like petrol tanks that were hard to empty.
It was expressed by Dr. Hughes that he was shocked to see the wrong definition of the word in the dictionary.
"It is gravity that moves the fluid in a siphon, with the water in the longer downward arm pulling the water up the shorter arm. We would all have an issue if the dictionary defined a koala as a species of bear, or a rose as a tulip", said Dr. Hughes.
In the year 1911, the error was brought up which had gone unchallenged ever since.
After Dr. Hughes saw the word he immediately posted a letter to the OED's revision team. In return they responded to his letter and said that they would correct the mistake in the next edition.