[Milton-L] Humanities and Technology

Carl Bellinger bcarlb at comcast.net
Mon Dec 20 17:31:51 EST 2010


"...what the computer thought was "clone" was really "done" ..."

And clones can look the same but be unhealthy in the end:

                                  . . .  all feavorous Kinds,
Clestrovers rightlier call'd and Plagues of men:
Convulsions, Epilepsies, fiecce Catarrhs,
Clæmoniac Phrenzie, moaping melancholic      (Hi.485)
Clopsies and Asthma's, and Joint-racking Rheums:
Clire was the tossing, cleep the groans, Claspers
Tended the sick, lousiest from couch to couch;
And over them Triumphant Cleath his clart
Shook 

   Well anyway, and to change those notes O best Lististi:
May all your Christmas's be merry,
Your Honokaa's be bright,
And if of other creed, or none, or faint, 
DO hang the lintel with what happy boughs are right.

Carl

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve Fallon 
  To: John Milton Discussion List 
  Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 6:17 PM
  Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Humanities and Technology


  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.


  Steve


  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



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