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April 15, 1983

Spelling of Münchhausen

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Chief Editor Archives of Ophthalmology Iowa City

JAMA. 1983;249(15):2019. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330390027016

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To the Editor.—  Although it is a small detail, the repeated misspelling of Münchhausen (eg, 1982;248:3008) is somewhat irritating.Baron Münchhausen is a famous figure in German literature. His name obviously consists of two names. (As is so frequently the case in German, you can put nouns next to each other and make a new noun.) The first part of the name is Münch and ends with a ch, which is practically an independent letter of the alphabet (similar to the Greek chi). The second part of the name is hausen, obviously derived from Haus, ie, a house. The name is related to München (Munich). To drop an h makes not only an awkward word, but also reminds one of Eliza in My Fair Lady.

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