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Garbage In…

There’s a post over at BoingBoing, laughing at some poor software transcription of Jabberwocky. Hello? What do you expect? The poem is full of nonsense words. If my speech recognition program starting putting brilling and slithy toves in my text, I’d be pissed off. So of course it gets this wrong. C’mon, folks, you want it to get it wrong.

Of course, if I was writing a speech recognizer, I’d special case Jabberwocky, just to frustrate you all. We hear “Twas brilling,” and the whole poem goes up, along with a proper citation. Ok, maybe a few more syllables than just three.