Closed captioning glitch

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jan 3 17:21:47 UTC 2012

Seen in a closed caption on a WCVB Boston (channel 5) news broadcast
last night, as the location of a news event:


The announcer had said "Woburn."

Presumably from "w/o burn", but I am unable to figure out how "w/o"
could have been seen, or how "without" could have been heard.  The
only explanation I can hypothesize is that the captioning person (or
thing) typed "WOBURN" and a spell-checking thing (exorcist?)
corrected that to WITHOUTBURN (without an internal space).

Any other hypotheses?


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