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originally posted by: Boswell
This isn't a matter of manipulated time, it's a matter of nearly everyone being familiar with "stein": Einstein, Frakenstein, Epstein, Stein, etc. What's happening here is that many of us became familiar with hearing "stein" when our parents, teachers, grandparents, guardians, read it to us.
Kids don't pay attention to the covers of books or author's names, neither do adults. When is the last time you picked up a book and studied the title or author's name for more than a few seconds?
originally posted by: JohnFisher
a reply to: Brotherman
Lol, dude I called my mom about it too. She remembered it as stein too.
originally posted by: Soylent Green Is People
originally posted by: Signals
There is no mistake and there are no coincidences.
When you find all of your old books and you realize, without a doubt, that the spelling has changed...
But the old books all say "BerenstAIN".
The mistake is that people are used to seeing similar names with the ending commonly spelled "stein". Names ending in "stein" are common. As for names ending in "stain", people are not accustomed to such an odd spelling (and "--stAin" is an odd spelling), so they just assume that it is spelled with an "e". However, that assumption would be wrong.
It's a simple enough mistake, and quite understandable.