I came across the word "stane" in a poem in the Paris Review, and I can't seem to find a definition that fits its use in the poem. I checked several dictionaries. Some didn't have it at all, and those that did defined it as another form of the word "stone." In the poem and in the few other instances I saw it used in search results, it was used in the wider structure "to stane to do something."

Here is the quote from the poem:

"There’s butchered meat on the bottom — and ice that’s staning to melt through the shop window."

And here's another quote:

"But as the Nineties beckoned, the freewheeling attitude which makes Griffin such a refreshing interview was staning to look extremely out of time."

And another:

"Today, by contrast, some large companies are staning to see the development of women employees as 'a business imperative.'"

Thanks very much for any help you can provide on this elusive word!

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    I'm guessing that it's a transcription error for "starting" – user888379 Mar 14 at 16:22
  • Yes, mostly likely a typo for starting. – Lambie Mar 14 at 16:26
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it seems to be about a typical OCR error (staning for starting). – FumbleFingers Mar 14 at 16:41
  • That's fair. I found the post on the Paris Review's Facebook page and asked them about it. If I hear anything new that might contribute to this post, I'll add a comment here. Thanks! – ShannonLK Mar 14 at 17:03

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