Early printing term: catchword

CATCHWORD : first word of the next page placed just below the last line of the preceding page, an obsolete practice. Catchwords were for the printers, not the readers, to ensure that the signatures had been properly folded and stacked; the printer only had to make sure each catchword matched the first word on the following page as he flipped through the text. These are often useful in collating an early printed book in which page numbers are sometimes incorrect or repeated (mispaginated).

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