[Milton-L] Humanities and Technology

Steve Fallon sfallon at nd.edu
Sun Dec 19 21:17:27 EST 2010

Hi Jeffrey,

This could be fun:  "When thou hast clone, thou hast not clone, / For I have more."

Maybe a contest to find the most amusing, outrageous, unintentionally significant, __________ (add your category here) misrecognitions in the database.


On Dec 19, 2010, at 8:45 PM, Shoulson, Jeffrey wrote:

He searched for the word "clone" to see when it came into frequent use.  He was shocked to discover a high frequency of the word in the 17th century.  When he went and looked at some of the hits, he saw that what the computer thought was "clone" was really "done"--the d had a slight imperfection or space within it that made it look like a cl to the scanner.

Just imagine if Macbeth has said "If 'twere clone when 'tis clone, 'twere bettter 'twere clone quickly."  A whole new play might have emerged...


Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies
University of Miami
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ON LEAVE, AY 2010-11
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