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Old 08-01-2014, 01:19 AM   #1
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Best OCR error I've seen yet

I'm in the home stretch reading the epub of Will & Ariel Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, volume X of The Story of Civilization. Earlier today, I encountered this unforgettable sentence:
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The Journal de Farts, the first French daily, began publication in 1777; the more famous Moniteur did not appear till November 24, 1789.
I still have all the doorstop pbooks of The Story of Civilization on my shelf from decades ago - this had to be checked. That's supposed to be Journal de Paris
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:48 AM   #2
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I'm in the home stretch reading the epub of Will & Ariel Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, volume X of The Story of Civilization. Earlier today, I encountered this unforgettable sentence:

I still have all the doorstop pbooks of The Story of Civilization on my shelf from decades ago - this had to be checked. That's supposed to be Journal de Paris


I wonder how they got the "Farts" in there. It doesn't even remotely look like "Paris"!
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I wonder how they got the "Farts" in there. It doesn't even remotely look like "Paris"!
Actually, it does. The 'P' mutated into an 'F' and the 'i' became a 't'. Both rather easy to do.

But the result is rather hilarious, I admit
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:59 AM   #4
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Actually, it does. The 'P' mutated into an 'F' and the 'i' became a 't'. Both rather easy to do.

But the result is rather hilarious, I admit
The "i" could've been read as lower-case "l" or "f" and the spell-checker taken it to the nearest known word.

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Old 08-01-2014, 10:33 AM   #5
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I wonder if anybody actually reads these books before pressing the 'publish' button?
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:43 AM   #6
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Proofing and reading are actually two almost separate activities. I read for proofing my own OCRs since I catch more mistakes, but I don't think that is how a pro does it.
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I think a book like this is especially prone to errors and difficult to proofread because it's huge (1700 ADE pages) and, although written in English, it contains a lot of foreign (mostly French) phrases, names, titles, etc.

There were other errors, none as funny as this. For example, at one place, "Ile" (AKA "Isle") was rendered as "He"
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:30 AM   #8
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Only to mention, to fart, in French, is vesser. The Parisian hypothetical Journal de Farts would translate as News of Wax.
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:54 AM   #9
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Hey, I bought and scanned all those books too! But I haven't OCR'd them yet...
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The French for fart is actually péter (verb) or pet (noun). There is a pastry or cake known as pet de nonne (nun's fart) Yes, really. It's a sort of light doughnut.
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The "i" could've been read as lower-case "l" or "f" and the spell-checker taken it to the nearest known word.

Spell-checkers: can't live without 'em, shouldn't live with 'em.
Spell checkers: trust, but verify.

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When you are in a moving elevator in Denmark there is a little sign that says "I fart". That's Danish for In movement.
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When you are in a moving elevator in Denmark there is a little sign that says "I fart". That's Danish for In movement.
Yeah, that is what causes the sound all right...
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Hey, I bought and scanned all those books too! But I haven't OCR'd them yet...
I got the entire set of pbooks in the 70s, for joining the Book of the Month Club & have been working my way thru them over the years since. The bindings weren't very good - the last couple of pbooks I read just started falling apart. So I bought the last 2 volumes as epubs when they were released. The epubs are actually pretty well formatted - but I guess OCR errors get through. The baffling thing is that the word "Paris" must occur in this book hundreds of times, but was OCRed as "farts" only once.
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anus instead of arms always makes me smile. It's so common it has to be deliberate on the part of OCR program coders.
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