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An OCR cliche: Into his/her anus

By Patrick follow Patrick   2018 Nov 4, 8:54am 819 views   1 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Because the letters “rm” resemble “nu,” the OCR algorithm frequently mistakes them. ...

On a quoted search of Google Books (6 March 2009), about five percent of the time, some one with a “child in her arms” (2360 results) ends up after OCR with a “child in her anus” (2360 to 115). The ratio for a child staying out of his anus and in his arms is a bit better (1434 to 36). Some may be legit–fairy tales and the like–but the vast majority are OCR errors. Below some selected gems:

Wives and Daughters: An Every-day Story‎ – Page 519
by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell – 1890 – 637 pages
When the old servant opened the door, a lady with a child in her anus stood there. She gasped out her ready-prepared English sentence. …

The Atlantic Monthly‎ – Page 166
“… with the child in her anus, she followed her husband down-stairs, across the back-yard, hitting lier feet against stones and logs in the darkness, …”

The works of Daniel Defoe: with a memoir of his life and writings‎ – Page 46
by Daniel Defoe, William Hazlitt – 1840
But when the man who had the child in his anus, had been told by signs that this was the mother, he beckoned to have her come to him,

The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine‎ – Page 433
“carried this child in his anus to Derry”

Waverley Novels: Library Edition‎ – Page 350
Walter Scott – 1853
“tne seeming parson took the child in his anus, and performed the ceremony of baptism,”

Dr. William Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities …‎ – Page 1824
by William George Smith, Horatio Balch Hackett, Ezra Abbot – Bible – 1888
Then she carried the child in her anus to her people; but they said that it was a strange thing she had done.

OK, it's childish, but had to post it. As a teen, I read some edition of Sherlock Holmes when I was home from school with the flu. One page ended with Dr Watson stating who the killer was, something like: "And so the killer must have been Moriarty" (no period, but I didn't notice at first)

The next page began with "Watson ejaculated."

This seemed like a non-sequitur, to put it mildly, so I had to flip back to the previous page to figure it out. I laughed for days.
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Patrick says
The next page began with "Watson ejaculated."

I thought he interjected then ejaculated. Must have been the PBS version.

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