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1.0031 WordCruncher Shakespeare Errors (100)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 31. Monday, 27 Aug 1990.
 
Date:         Mon, 27 Aug 90 19:08:51 EDT
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      Errors in the WordCruncher Riverside Shakespeare
 
 
Following is a listing of the approximately 70 typographical errors
introduced in the Riverside Electronic Shakespeare released by
Electronic Text Corporation for use with their WordCruncher text
retrieval software.  (My previous estimate was indeed including
illogical variant spellings, and editorial errors originating in
the printed edition.)  Even if you are not a user of this text,
the errors are occasionally intriguing as examples of scribal errors
made by modern typists, editors, or scanners faced with a Shakespearean
(though modernized) text.
 
This list is almost certainly not a complete error listing, but all the
errors in this list have been verified through comparison with the
printed version of the Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blakemore
Evans.  Please report any errors in this error listing (we're all
only human...) to the editor.  If a more recent release of the
WordCruncher Shakespeare has corrected these errors, please advise
of that also.
 
The concentration of errors in italic stage directions, minim errors,
and in particular difficulties with faintly printed letters in the paper
edition, all suggest to me that this text was scanned in from paper
copy.  In a number of cases, e's and c's are interchanged, as are c's
and t's.
 
The following listing is based on the WordCruncher Word Frequency
file, therefore capitalization and italicization have been ignored.  The
number in the first column represents the number of times the word
appears in error.  References can be supplied upon request, but any
user of the WordCruncher Shakespeare can locate these instantly using
the Word List.  After the asterisk, corrections from the printed edition
have been supplied.
 
Any SHAKSPEReans who have discovered errors in addition to these
are asked to submit them to the editor for addition to this file.  In
addition, you may want to contact ETC directly to claim credit for
discovering the errors.  (This list has already been forwarded to them.)
Be sure to verify against the printed edition first, however -- many
apparent errors originated there.
 
This file will remain permanently posted on the SHAKSPER Fileserver
(in continually-updated condition) for retrieval by all members of this
conference.  For the most recent file, issue the interactive command,
"TELL LISTSERV@utoronto GET RIVERSID ERRORS SHAKSPER" or consult your
SHAKSPER GUIDE for further instructions.
 
                                              Ken Steele
                                              University of Toronto
                                              Editor, SHAKSPER
 
 
1 accend * (attend)                   1 adenier * (a denier)
1 aeuvres * (oeuvres)                 1 aflliction * (affliction)
1 afllictions * (afflictions)         1 aflourish * (a flourish)
1 antiquiry * (antiquity)             2 arrand * (errand)
1 arrouse * (arouse)                  1 aw'ay * (away)
1 bitti'rest * (bitt'rest)            1 blant * (Blunt)
1 briefiness * (briefness)            1 buming * (burning)
1 condenining * (condemning)          1 contaur * (Centaur)
1 conved * (convert)                  1 counterfieit * (counterfeit)
1 discases * (diseases)               1 A ediles * (Aediles)
1 espeially * (especially)            1 fisherment * (fishermen)
1 fo'rget * (forget)                  1 follwers * (followers)
1 forsworn'on * (forsworn "on)        1 fourish * (flourish)
1 fute * (fate)                       1 futher * (father)
1 glau * (glou)                       1 grow'ing * (growing)
1 hereabouts'a * (hereabouts 'a)      1 influenece * (influence)
1 jad * (lad)                         1 jaquenetra * (jaquenetta)
1 kinsmam * (kinsman)                 1 kugby * (rugby)
1 lavinin * (lavinia)                 1 mardion * (mardian)
1 mistressess * (mistresses)          1 montagaes * (montagues)
1 montugue * (montague)               1 n'or * (nor)
1 norfulk * (norfolk)                 1 norwecian * (norwegian)
1 o'erwom * (o'erworn)                1 ofmouth * (of mouth)
1 oftender * (of tender)              1 oftime * (of time)
1 partally * (partially)              1 philome I, * (philomel)
1 physican * (physician)              1 pricess * (princess)
1 quilty * (guilty)                   1 rememeb'red * (rememb'red)
1 redeem'dfrom * (redeem'd from)      1 scornfolly * (scornfully)
1 seators * (senators)                1 servingme * (servingman)
1 slad'rous * (sland'rous)            1 soldlers * (soldiers)
1 sothsayer * (soothsayer)            2 strengh * (strength)
1 suthwell * (southwell)              1 themost * (the most)
1 theyself * (thyself)                1 timn * (tim)
1 know thout * (know'st how thou)     1 together'tis * (together 'tis)
1 trmpet * (trumpet)                  1 th, unsisting * (th'unsisting)
 
 
[End of error listing as of August 27, 1990.  KS]
 

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