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Nin, and Then Some

What I said to my computer: “Anaïs Nin” (writer/personality from the mid-20th century). But what Dragon NaturallySpeaking typed: “On the east and then.”

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Shutter the Thought

I knew it would be a long shot for my voice recognition software, but I tried it nonetheless. What I said to my computer: “woulda-coulda-shoulda” – But what Dragon NaturallySpeaking typed: “Would occur to shutter”

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February Dragon Errors: The Best of the Worst

No, Dragon NaturallySpeaking did not suddenly get all its speech-to-text recognition correct for the last month – it’s time for some catch-up. Or “some ketchup,” depending on the quality of your microphone. February’s blunders: What I actually said to my … Continue reading

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Getting Fresh

I’m really not as crude as my voice software thinks I am. What I actually said to my computer in an e-mail to a friend: The woman I had been wooing…  but what Dragon NaturallySpeaking typed: The woman I had … Continue reading

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I don’t care who you “do”

What I actually said to my computer: I do ramble.   But how Dragon, my voice software, translated it: I do Rambo. That’s just way too much information. And one more, also from this morning. What I actually said: denims and … Continue reading

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How many lanes??

Trying to write down directions, what I actually said to my computer via Dragon NaturallySpeaking: 264 Lane street. But how Dragon wrote it: 26 four-lane street… I think Dragon was trying to get me lost.

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Billing Foreigners

What I actually said to my computer: “…foreign voices.” but what Dragon NaturallySpeaking wrote: “…for invoices.”

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The unexpected dangers of being a director

What I actually said to my computer while creating an article about B12 supplementation: “colorectal cancer risks.” But what my voice recognition software typed: “co-director cancel risks.”  Definitely a surprise side effect of too much B12.

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And not talking about penal code either!

The iPhone’s voice recognition is pretty good, but not flawless. Take this example from one of my friends. What she said to her phone: “When should I be at your place?” but her iPhone typed, “When should I be at … Continue reading

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Not well chested…

Unfortunately, I did not catch this voice recognition error before hitting “send” on the email. What I actually said to my computer: I hope you are well, Chasta.  But how Dragon, my voice software, spelled that: “I hope you are … Continue reading

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A thoroughly poor translation!

Easily the most inappropriate voice recognition software blunder so far this year! Responding to an e-mail from a client, what I actually said to my computer: Thanks for your thorough response! But how my Dragon software translated it: Thanks for … Continue reading

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Holy Melons, Batman!

A good candidate for our predictive text/AutoCorrect category, this one from the Facebook post of a friend: “I’m seriously not that bad of a speller, but when I typed melancholy I really thought it would figure out that I meant … Continue reading

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Plant sperm??

I never heard of such a thing, but apparently Dragon NaturallySpeaking has. What I actually said: “When the plans firm up…” But how Dragon translated it: “When the plants sperm up.” And that was in an email to a business … Continue reading

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Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Us into

Dragon NaturallySpeaking excels not only at voice recognition, but at voice recognition errors. Here’s 2 funny ones from this week.  What I actually said: “They’ve got a sense of humor.”  But how my Dragon translated it: “They got us into … Continue reading

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DNS Is Politically Incorrect

I know regular subscribers understand, but, for the rest of you and for the record, these posts are the inaccurate transliterations of my voice software, not my actual words. That said, here’s a doozy:  What I actually said to my … Continue reading

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking–Not a Health Nut!

Here are three items you can find in most health food stores – herbs that are popular with people on particularly healthy diets. Unfortunately, Dragon didn’t have a clue how to handle these. For example, what I actually said to … Continue reading

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Fred Sure Loves His Iced Coffee

Dragon NaturallySpeaking often has trouble with names – personal or brand names. Starbucks menu items are no exception: What I actually said to my computer:  Frappuccino. How my voice software translated it:  Fred Pacino.

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Siri Fails Baristas

A friend of mine recently attempted to get her Apple iPhone’s Siri to understand a common, simple word: barista. No luck. How Siri’s voice recognition translated it: Paris stuff. A friend of hers tried it herself, and Siri failed again: … Continue reading

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The star receiver has a cold

You know that old adage “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Or is it “Feed a fever, starve a cold”? According to Dragon NaturallySpeaking, it’s neither. What it typed when I said the former: Feet are cold, star receiver.

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Sorry, Dear Auntie

Honest, I was talking about the long-snouted creature that eats ants. Clearly, Dragon NaturallySpeaking didn’t understand:  What I actually said to my computer: ant eater.  How my voice software translated it: aunt eater. I tried once more, and got one … Continue reading

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