Thursday’s misreading

On the front page of the NYT on 9/11, a headline that I read as

From Kurdistan
To Texas, Scots
Spurn Separatists

This was deeply puzzling: I didn’t think that either Kurdistan or Texas had sizable numbers of Scots, much less ones passionately engaged in the question of Scottish separatism. But then I looked more carefully at the head, and saw that it had Spur, not Spurn. The Scottish issue has inspired separatist advocates in Flanders, Catalonia, Kurdistan, Quebec, the Basque Country of northern Spain, the Veneto region in northern Italy, Brittany, Friesland, Corsica, the South Tirol, Bavaria, the Swedish-speaking sections of Finland, and yes, Texas.

Sometimes I think I understand where my misreadings come from, but in this case I have no idea.

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