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A Close Shave … NOT!

This was a tough one for Dragon, my voice recognition software, because I spoke a word that anyone would understand in context to the conversation but that technically isn’t a real word.  My brother and I were talking about types … Continue reading

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Oops – Publicized With a Voice Recognition Typo!

This one was a doozy, especially because I didn’t catch it; it was article about staying below your aerobic threshold on endurance training runs, published to an audience of over 100 people.  Finally a reader commented, gently questioned what I … Continue reading

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Obviously, it’s BS

What I actually said to my computer: It may be obvious How my voice software translated it:  It’s maybe BS

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A Little Help with That LOL

I guess you could say that this one made me laugh out loud: What I actually said to my computer: LOL  How my voice software translated it:  A little help

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The Cost of a 16-Year-Old

What I actually said to my computer: 16-year-olds are… How my voice software translated it:  16 Euros are…

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Profitable Prophets

More voice recognition errors offering proof that we are still smarter than PCs: What I actually said to my computer: I’ve been in nonstop meetings How my voice software translated it:  I’ve been announced up meetings. Common sense helps the … Continue reading

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Copping a Calculation

Here’s another voice recognition error that fits the category of, “Thank goodness, I caught this one before hitting “send”: What I actually said to my computer: my second calculation How my voice software translated it: my second copulation After all, … Continue reading

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Trucks Rule, Structurally Speaking, and Tolls Suck in Tulsa

If you weren’t entirely certain whether I said “One year ago” or if I actually said “When you’re a goat” – even if it sounded more like the latter – you would of course assume the former because it makes … Continue reading

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Hablamos Hot Blonde? Muscle top!

Voice recognition software often struggles with “foreign” words – words that we commonly use in English but that come from another language, or that don’t follow English pronunciation rules. For example: What I actually said to my computer: caveat  How … Continue reading

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Illegal Lovers and Skinning Requirements

When you use your voice to type (using voice recognition software, such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking), accuracy is greatly affected by the placement of the microphone.  This is why those of us who rely on voice recognition software usually use a … Continue reading

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Departmental Dishonesty

Sometimes, an incorrect translation makes a better message than what the voice recognition software user actually said. For example, in describing a business need that affected the entire department in a large company I worked at, Dragon NaturallySpeaking mixed the … Continue reading

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The Offensive Young Vendor

This recent voice recognition error occurred while using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to type up a report – a comparative analysis of large vs. small service firms. What I actually said to my computer: a relatively small and young vendor… How my … Continue reading

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Legal Trouble: Infringing on Frenchmen at the Corporate Mingle

While using my voice recognition software for a legal client, Dragon NaturallySpeaking stumbled on a few common legal phrases that, apparently, are not common to Dragon: What I actually said to my computer: infringement cases How my voice software translated … Continue reading

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The Monotony of Renate

As I’ve mentioned before, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is more likely to make mistakes on people’s names than it will on other words. This is particularly true on unusual names or those with foreign pronunciations. For instance: What I actually said to … Continue reading

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Air is Zona!

My favorite voice recognition blunder today: What I actually said to my computer: Your Arizona background How my voice software translated it:  Your air is on the back row

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A Bit of Dis, a Bit of Dat

I’m not sure what my car’s glove box ever did to deserve this, but… What I actually said to my computer: Keep this in the glove box. How my voice software translated it: Keep dissing the glove box I guess … Continue reading

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Seize the Residents!

What I actually said to my computer: He sees the residents How my voice software translated it:  He seized the residence More proof that I cannot send out e-mails composed via voice recognition software without reviewing them carefully first.  And … Continue reading

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Dorky Mothers and the Delhi Metro

As I’ve mentioned previously, Dragon sometimes struggles with people or place names: What I actually said to my computer: with Martha first How my voice software translated it:  with Mark the First This one exemplifies the problems of doing voice … Continue reading

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Those Valued Male Cows

What I actually said to my computer: valuable How my voice software translated it:  buy you a bull

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Rich and Retro

What I actually said to my computer: retroactive How my voice software translated it:  rich or active

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