Post by bill van Post by John Dunlop Post by bill van
There are machines that translate spoken word into text. They are
imperfect, but they are much cheaper than humans. I've taken dictation
over the phone and I know that when a human is trying to type fast
enough to keep up with dictation, the kinds of errors produced look
like key jam-ups. When a machine errs in the same task, it mishears
things. I can't explain, however, why this machine didn't try "ducks"
rather than "Dux", since the former is an actual word.
"Dux" is an actual word, and not all that rare here.
I'm not sure where "here" is for you, but I see that dux means "top
pupil" in South African and New Zealand English. I hadn't encountered
it. No reason to capitalize it in the context you snipped though, is
I have a very distant memory of having met "Dux" long ago.
The OED says it comes form the Latin "dux" meaning "leader".
1. A leader, chief; spec. the head pupil in a class or division in a
school: chiefly in Scotland.
a1832 Scott Mem. Early Years in J. G. Lockhart Mem. Life Sir W.
Scott (1837) I. i. 28 Our class contained some very excellent
scholars. The first Dux was James Buchan, who retained his
honoured place, almost without a day's interval, all the while we
were at the High school.
1870 E. B. Ramsay Reminisc. Sc. Life (ed. 18) p. xxix ‘I'm
second dux’..means in Scottish academical language second from the
top of the class.
1876 J. Grant Hist. Burgh Schools Scotl. ii. v. 213 (note) A
gold medal [is given] to the dux of the [Aberdeen grammar] school.
Presumably it is sometimes capitalized as it is a form of title.
There is also:
duxship n. the position of dux.
1845 R. W. Hamilton Inst. Pop. Educ. viii. 192 In Scotch schools
very generally..Places are taken, tickets are given, and notices
of the duxship are recorded.
Peter Duncanson, UK