Counting on Google Books

Blog comment to “Counting on Google Books” by Geoffrey Nunberg (Chronicle of Higher Education, December 16, 2010)
I just discovered something in this tool that you may not want to publish, but it does shed some light on matters and is funny besides. I searched for a not very polite word over the centuries: and was amazed that this word appeared the book “The Act of Tonnage and Poundage, and Rates of Merchandize” from 1702.

When I opened it, I found in the sentence:
“Every Merchant making an Entry of Goods, either Inwards or Outwards shall be dispatched in such Order as he cometh;…” and it misread the old spelling of “such”.



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