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apostil (Fr.) a marginal note.
apostille (Fr.) a marginal note.
armgaunt (Shakesp.) with gaunt limbs? but probably an error.
athetesis the rejection of a passage as spurious.
athetise in textual criticism, to reject (a passage) as spurious.
athetize in textual criticism, to reject (a passage) as spurious.
beesome (Shakesp.) supposedly for bisson, blind.
bibliotic relating to bibliotics, the study of documents to determine authenticity.
bibliotics the study of handwriting, documents, and writing materials esp for determining genuineness or authorship.
bibliotist one who practises bibliotics, the study of handwriting, documents, and writing materials.
clavis (Lat.) a key; hence a clue or aid in solving problems.
codex (Lat.) a book; a manuscript.
colophon an inscription at the end of a book (particularly in the 15th and 16th centuries) giving details of publication, or a publisher's logo.
conflation a combining or blending of two or more versions of a text.
diorthosis a critical revision of a text; any correction or adjustment.
diorthotic relating to the correcting or straightening out of something; corrective.
diplomatics the science of deciphering ancient writings and texts.
ditto to repeat that which has been said before.
dittographic relating to dittography, the unintentional repetition of letters in print.
dittography the unintentional repetition of letters in print.
eisegesis the interpretation of a text (as of the Bbible) by reading into it one's own ideas.
ellipsis a figure of syntax by which a word or words are left out and merely implied.
emendation correction, usually of a text.
emendator one who emends or critically edits.
emendatory pertaining to emendation; corrective.
emender one who emends.
endnote a note placed at the end of a piece of text.
entrold (Spenser) a past participle of obscure meaning, possibly enrolled.
exegesis an exposition, esp an explanation or critical interpretation of a text.
exegetical pertaining to exegesis, expository.
exegetically (Adv.) EXEGETICAL, pertaining to exegesis, expository.
fistnote part of a text to which attention is drawn by an index mark.
footnote a note of reference or comment at the foot of a page; something relatively unimportant; (verb) to supply with a footnote or footnotes.
frutify (Shakesp.) Launcelot Gobbo's blunder for notify.
goujeers an editor's spurious improvement on goodyear, veneral disease.
guideword a word at the top of a dictionary page indicating the first word on the page.
hapax (Greek) a word that occurs only once.
haplography the accidental omission of letters, words or lines in copying.
holograph a text written entirely in its author's handwriting; (verb) to write a text in one's own handwriting.
holographic relating to holographs.
holographically (Adv.) HOLOGRAPHIC, relating to holographs.
ibidem (Lat.) in the same place.
inedited not edited.
infra (Lat.) below; later in a text.
intertext a text between texts.
intertextual of or like an intertext.
intertextually (Adv.) INTERTEXTUAL, of or like an intertext.
introld (Spenser) a past participle of obscure meaning, possibly enrolled.
lection a variant reading of a passage in a particular copy or edition of a text.
lemmatise to organise (words in a text) so that inflected and variant forms are grouped under the appropriate lemma.
lemmatize to organise (words in a text) so that inflected and variant forms are grouped under the appropriate lemma.
lipography the accidental omission of a letter or syllable.
logotype a piece of type representing a word or several letters cast in one piece.
logotypy the use of logotypes.
marginalia marginal notes.
opisthograph a manuscript or slab inscribed on both back and front.
overedit to edit excessively.
palimpsest writing material (as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times.
pannelled (Shakesp.) conjectured to be a misprint for spanielled.
paragraph a distinct part of a discourse or writing marked by a sign or indentation; (verb) to split up into paragraphs.
paralipomenon a thing added as a supplement to a main text.
perispomenon having a circumflex accent on the final syllable.
pioned (Shakesp.) perhaps trenched, perhaps overgrown with wild orchids.
plaintext text that is not encrypted in any way.
pollusion (Shakesp.) blunder for allusion.
postil a marginal note; a commentary; (verb) to gloss.
postillate to explain by marginal notes.
postillation the act of postillating, glossing a text.
postillator one who postillates, explains by marginal notes.
preedit to edit in advance.
prenzie (Shakesp.) a word of unknown meaning, possibly a misprint for princely. No -S.
proball (Shakesp.) supposedly means plausible.
recense to revise critically.
recto (Lat.) a right-hand page; the front of a printed or manuscript page.
redact to make ready for publication; to edit or revise.
ribaudred (Shakesp.) an obscure word, perhaps ribaud-rid, ridden by a ribald.
scholion (Greek) a marginal annotation; specifically, an explanatory comment on the text of a classic author by an early grammarian.
scholium (Greek) a marginal annotation; specifically, an explanatory comment on the text of a classic author by an early grammarian.
shoutline a short line of text, usually printed in bold type, drawing attention to a major selling point in an advertisement.
sidebar a piece of text in a margin.
sidenote a note on the side.
slughorn (Browning) an old form of slogan, taken by Chatterton and then Browning to be a kind of clarion.
slughorne (Browning) an old form of slogan, taken by Chatterton and then Browning to be a kind of clarion.
stemma (Greek) a diagram representing a reconstruction of the interrelationships between surviving witnesses in the (esp manuscript) tradition of a text.
stemmatic relating to a stemma, a diagram representing a reconstruction of the interrelationships between surviving witnesses in the (esp manuscript) tradition of a text.
stemmatous of or like a stemma.
stet (Lat.) to restore after marking for deletion.
stirre (Shakesp.) prob. a misprint for sperre.
subtext an underlying theme, esp in literature.
suffigance (Shakesp.) Dogberry's blunder for suffisance.
supra (Lat.) above; earlier in a text.
tetrapla (Greek) an edition of four parallel texts, esp Origen's of the Old Testament.
text the main body of a written or printed work; (verb) to send a text message.
textless without text.
textual pertaining to a text.
textualist a person learned in, or a strict adherer to, the text, esp of the Bible.
textually (Adv.) TEXTUAL, pertaining to a text.
unedited not edited.
urtext (Ger.) the original or earliest version of a text, such as a musical composition or literary work.
variorum (Lat.) an edition of a text that includes the notes of earlier scholars or editors.
vulgate an accepted text.
wanion (Shakesp.) a word of uncertain signification, used only in the phrase with a wanion, apparently equivalent to with a vengeance, with a plague, or with misfortune.