In many posts and online articles, I come across the usage of "eipher". But, I could not get the meaning or history of this word from any sources.

The word "eipher" results many Google search results, but nothing useful found.


Other telegrams in eipher say the rumor is current that he has been strangled. Source: https://www.nytimes.com/1876/06/01/archives/latent-news-by-cable-the-turkish-revolution-rumored-death-of-abdul.html

It grids us with the belt of wisdom, and imparts to us the eipher of life. Source: "Bible Gems" book. Page 108 https://books.google.ae/books?id=hpFfF3K4Wg4C&pg=PA108&lpg=PA108&dq=eipher&source=bl&ots=N3XUTXI_3O&sig=ACfU3U0m4ImKhZQHMwY6cny2I7ghRlPbVg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiL5_e5zPvzAhWLnRQKHd8fD004WhDoAXoECAkQAw#v=onepage&q=eipher&f=false

  • Please include some examples of the use of the word, with citations. Nov 3 at 6:37
  • Updated in the question.
    – theKing
    Nov 3 at 6:50
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    I'd say that the second example is almost certainly an OCR error and should be cipher. The first is behind a paywall but from context would also seem intended to be cipher. Nov 3 at 7:19
  • Note that searching Google isn't going to help verify anything, other than finding that many have made the same mistake.
    – Andrew Leach
    Nov 3 at 8:09
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    In the Bible Gems example, it's easy to see how such an OCR error could occur; compare other Cs near the right margin where the scan is blurred. Nov 3 at 13:10

These are both OCR errors where the letter c has been confused with e, possibly due to a poor original sample.

  • Yes, a quick look at Bible Gems reveals the word "gird," not grid, and the C in cipher is right there, too. Nov 3 at 16:15

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