It means ‘a cas­trated sheep’

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When send­ing per­sonal or busi­ness emails, I am al­ways care­ful to reread what I just wrote, how­ever brief, be­cause the spell-checker iden­ti­fies only en­tries that are not in its dic­tio­nary. I think I’ve got­ten pretty good at spot­ting er­rors. I was read­ing the Oct. 28 obit­u­ary of Vic­tor Marchetti, a for­mer CIA of­fi­cer who wrote a book “re­sult­ing in a le­gal bat­tle over wether the CIA could cen­sor” [“Em­bit­tered CIA of­fi­cer chal­lenged agency’s right to cen­sor past em­ploy­ees”]. I thought there must be a mis­take. So I looked it up. “Wether” is in­deed a word, so it got past the spell-checker. But it was def­i­nitely the wrong word for that sen­tence. Brad Chat­til­lion, Ger­man­town

A sheep

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