I thought I'd share my discoveries and self-amusements here in the hope that some of you will relate or benefit...!
You know those times you're stumped on a review or a fresh transcription, when you read and re-read, look at it from 2 feet away, turn your head sideways, and still you can't make sense of what you think you're seeing?
I have a handful of those, and I wish I jotted them all down, but at least I've tagged these things hoping it'll prompt someone to google the tag instead of saying "wide awakes" just does NOT make sense here and delete it .... because it Doesn't make sense in the context of at least one of the documents I transcribed unless you know that it was a FACTION in Lincoln's time. ("The Wide Awakes were a youth organization and, later, a paramilitary organization cultivated by the Republican Party during the 1860 presidential election in the United States").
If you, dear fellow-reviewscriber, already know this, feel free to smile into your sleeve, because I was standing on my head trying to make sense of its usage (not capitalized sometimes, and not pluralized) before I thought I'd try to search it as an entity.
Another of these finds happened in one of my first efforts at reviewing... Loco Focos: "The Locofocos (also Loco Focos or Loco-focos) were a faction of the Democratic Party that existed from 1835 until the mid-1840s".
The writer made passing reference to Locos (which looked like "focus" and thus it was transcribed - a reasonable guess since it worked better in context than Locos did!!).... But however much "focus" made sense, I couldn't help but see "Locos," even when I stood on my head and held my breath for 40 seconds.
Because I had only loco or locos to work with, I had no idea what or how to google it, but I was durned if I'd be stumped to that extent.... And you know the rest of this story, because I found what I was looking for -- and thank goodness, because it appears every now and again.
If you were one of the kids who paid attention in class (or grew up to work at the LOC) this is probably nothing new to you, but I'm neither of those things, I'm just plain stubborn. And apparently don't know a heck of a lot!
This ends my first installment of "Who Knew?"... In my next installment I might share some of the ridiculous things I saw before I got used to seeing! Okay, okay, I'll share just one: I transcribed "Wm (the m as superscript) H" as "16th [?]", I kid you not!!!... If any of you feel foolish for things you've done, beat that!
So, dear LOC staffers and ex-staffers , please be patient! And by all means, laugh with us-- or at least at ME. This is intensely fun and stimulating, and in my process of snooping and researching I sometimes come across those incomplete Completes that I've been sharing.... I do not go looking for them! They find me in my travels.