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1992 Spellchecker Jabberwocky,
by Lewis Carroll and Toshiba laptop.

Jabberwocky
John Tenniel's classic illustration from Alice through the looking glass and what she found there. Originally slated as the frontispiece, Carroll thought it too frightening so had this inserted nearer the poem itself. John Tenniel would have drawn this and then had it engraved by Dalziel, whose signature you can see to the right of JT's monograph, which seems to be reversed. This leads me to think that the whole image was reversed when printed and engraved - so the Jabberwocky was slain, as originally drawn by a left-hander. Lewis Carroll was left handed.


I had a succession of laptops before going Mac in 1995, and one of the last WP programme I ran on MS-DOS (I never did windows) had ...a Spellchecker. It was kind of a big deal (for me at least) so I used it a lot. As a sort of experiment I ran 'Jabberwocky' through it, Lewis Carroll's world-beating nonsense poem. It came up with the following although you have to be vaguely familiar with the original to see the mangling. (posted 20th March 2020)

'was broiled, and the slushy loves
did gore and gamble in the wage;
all mimes were the operatives,
and the come paths outcrop.

Beware the No suitable corrections my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch,
beware the Jubilee bird,
and shun the farmhouse banderole!

He took his verbile sword in hand,
long time the myxoma foe he sought,
so rested he by the tantrum tree,
and stood awhile in thought.

And as in oafish thought he stood,
the No suitable corrections, with eyes of flame,
came waffling through the tallage wood,
and burped as it came.

One,two! and through and through,
the verbile blade went snicker-snack.
he killed it dead and with its head,
he went galumphing back.

And hats thou slain the No suitable corrections?
come to my arms, my blemish boy,
Oh fireboats day, callow, calli!
he chortled in his joy.

'Was broiled, and the slushy loves
did gore and gamble in the wage;
all mimes were the operatives,
and the come paths outcrop.




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