Errors Caused by Mental Lapse

Substitution of Synonyms

Explanation

From the moment a scribe read or heard the phrase he was to copy down until he finished writing it out, there was a danger that what he held in memory could become distorted in some way. One way seems to have been writing down a synonym for a word that he was supposed to copy. In this case, perhaps the scribe was more conscious of the sense of what he was writing than the exact words themselves.

Example (Chart of Substitutions)


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