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Scattered Scholar

More trouble with names. Not Dragon NaturallySpeaking’s forte: What I actually said to my computer:  Skyler How my voice software translated it:  Scholar Skyler didn’t mind that voice typo very much.  But this one: What I actually said to my … Continue reading

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Happy and Gay

Two recent voice recognition errors that I wish I’d caught before hitting send:  What I actually said to my computer: dinners and galas  How my voice software translated it:  dinners and gay laws   And one more: What I actually … Continue reading

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Awkward lap feel

Watch out, people – protect your laps!: What I actually said to my computer: I can film the lapHow my voice software translated it:  I can feel the lap

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Arrest and Torture

Google’s voice-to-text service uses voice recognition technology to listen to callers and translate their spoken words to text.  But it often misunderstands:  What the caller actually said: Hey, Rick! It’s Richard Zaragosa. How Google Voice typed it:    Hey, arrest! It’s … Continue reading

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Kicking Tarts at the Meta-Café?

Two recent voice recognition errors, just for kicks:  What I actually said to my computer: he kick-startsHow my voice software translated it:  he kicks tarts Those poor tarts!  And what kind of eats would you get here, I wonder: What … Continue reading

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To Bow Out of Working Out

Pronounced tuh-BAH-tuh, a Tabata workout is a high intensity exercise routine that … never mind the details; just don’t ask Dragon NaturallySpeaking to spell it right.  What I actually said to my computer: a Tabata workout   How my voice software … Continue reading

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Colonizing Asians?

It’s a tough word, even for humans.  But for my voice recognition software, it was a complete fail: What I actually said to my computer: canonicalizationHow my voice software translated it: canonical is Asian  I tried once more but the … Continue reading

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Cross-dressing Caribbean?

The word Trini is short for Trinidadian or Trinidad.   I should have explained that to Dragon NaturallySpeaking – What I actually said to my computer: A Trini girlHow my voice software translated it: A tranny girl Maybe she/he is, but … Continue reading

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My apologies to Karen, but…

“Open paren” is what you speak aloud when using Dragon NaturallySpeaking and you wanted to insert an opening paragraph mark:  (   What I actually said to my computer: open paren at this stage… How my voice software translated it: open … Continue reading

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Karnazes Analysis

Dragon NaturallySpeaking stumbling on names: What I actually said to my computer: take Dean Karnazes for instanceHow my voice software translated it:  Take ginkgo analysis for instance Not even close.

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Mental Leaps and Angry Coworkers

I was talking about a recipe, but Dragon NaturallySpeaking clearly thought I was speaking esoterically: What I actually said to my computer: Take mint leaves, and… How my voice software translated it:  Take mental leaps and… And one more, showing … Continue reading

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Doctoring my English

Dragon NaturallySpeaking often fails on names. Here’s one from today, regarding a brand name:  What I actually said to my computer: Altra running shoesHow my voice software translated it:  All tried running shoes And in the next one, the voice … Continue reading

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Angelita’s iPods–phone voice recognition gone awry

Here are two recent voice recognition errors from my brother that occurred while using his phone’s voice recognition to type his spoken words: What he actually said to his phone:    I paused the campaigns What his phone’s voice software typed:  … Continue reading

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Going for a run in my Socrates?

This voice recognition error suggests that buying this brand of running shoes is a wise decision, I suppose: What I actually said to my computer: Which model of Saucony’s did you buy? How my voice software translated it:  Which model … Continue reading

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Gaseous Sins

A couple of doozies to finish off the week.  I’ve heard of having a bad sense of humor, but… What I actually said to my computer: To test one’s sense of humor.  How my voice software translated it:  To test … Continue reading

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One Crazy Prescription

This next voice recognition error is from the medical world, and came to me from someone who wishes to stay anonymous.  As you may know, voice recognition software is often used by doctors as a way of recording what they … Continue reading

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Those poor patients simply can’t catch a break!

Just one teensy little letter missing, and boy does the meaning change!  What I actually said to my computer: Underserved health patients… (as in “poor” – inadequately served).  But how my voice software translated it: Undeserved health patients… Whether or … Continue reading

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We’ll assume he was talking about a rooster

Just a warning that this voice recognition error may seem inappropriate. And let me assure you, it would have been very inappropriate had I not caught the voice software’s the error before sending it to the finance department of this … Continue reading

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How much is that Granny in the window?

This morning’s most memorable voice recognition error, while responding to a message I got about a Chinese martial arts movie regarding a little old lady:  What I actually said to my computer: Shaolin grandma  How my voice software translated it:  … Continue reading

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Porn for my what??

One of those embarrassing voice recognition errors (that occurred while using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for e-mail) that I’m so glad I caught before hitting “send.” What I actually said to my computer: …for an air-conditionerHow my voice software translated it:  …porn … Continue reading

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