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Gay Day and Sex for Six

Some of the voice recognition errors in today’s post are off color, so don’t read this if you feel you may be easily offended. Reminder:  these are software blunders, not anything intentionally inappropriate that I typed.  But I admit, I … Continue reading

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Just Your Standard Rape, Nothing Special

Sometimes, the translation is not just wrong, but seriously embarrassing.  Here are two recent voice recognition errors that stood out: What I actually said to my computer: We’re having trouble with our e-mails. How my voice software translated it:  We’re … Continue reading

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Thoroughly Thoreau

Two fresh-off-the-vocal-press voice recognition errors: What I actually said to my computer: reasonable, accurate, and thorough advice How my voice software translated it:  reasonable, accurate, and Thoreau advice That one actually slipped by unnoticed.  The e-mail recipient later told me … Continue reading

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No Respect for the Purple Prayers of Tatian

More voice recognition shenanigans, courtesy Dragon NaturallySpeaking: What I actually said to my computer: A voice of respect How my voice software translated it:  Avoid some respect What I actually said to my computer: in prayerful obedienceHow my voice software … Continue reading

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We’re in a Mess of Schmidt

Here’s one more memorable voice recognition blunder story from fellow NaturallySpeaking user Ed.  This time: not from using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  Ed’s story: I was watching the Armistice Day service on television and found that my son had managed to turn … Continue reading

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Gotta Get Them Czechs!

I recently posted humorous errors from fellow voice recognition software users who frequent a voice software users forum (KnowBrainer).  Here’s another, this time from long-time NaturallySpeaking user Ed. What Ed said to his computer:    The cheques will be re-issued What … Continue reading

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Phonetically Speaking, It Should Make Sense…

Normally, it’s easy to understand how voice recognition software misunderstands spoken words, such as when… I said to my computer:      …and a spare in your purse And my computer wrote:  …and despair in your purse After all, there’s a good … Continue reading

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Crappy Translation

Here are some humorous additions from fellow voice recognition software users that I’ve met through the KnowBrainer site–a forum dedicated to Dragon NaturallySpeaking users and the practice of voice recognition (if you use Dragon, this is a priceless resource—do check … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name? Anyone’s Guess With Voice Recog. Software

Most commercial voice recognition programs have developed to the point that they handle standard language and sentences fairly accurately.  But I find that even the king of ‘em, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, still blunders with names.  Here are a few examples I’ve … Continue reading

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Just Stripping Along Down the Road…

And speaking of Dragon NaturallySpeaking having trouble with names, here’s a classic example of why you must reread your voice-recognized writing before showing it or sending it.  A slight misunderstanding by the software can create gross misunderstandings in the workplace: … Continue reading

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Three More…

What I actually said to my computer: La Canada (A city, pronounced “La CanYAHda.”) How my voice software translated it: Locke Kenyatta What I actually said to my computer: Is this a brilliant plan? How my voice software translated it:  … Continue reading

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We Had a Header

What I actually said to my computer: Lead-in header How my voice software translated it:  We then had her

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You’re in Urine

What I actually said to my computer: You’re in for it. How my voice software translated it:  Urine for it.

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No Wisecracks

What I actually said to my computer: Thanks again! How my voice software translated it:  Thongs again! I’m not sure if it’s an exclamation of joy or exasperation about the thongs … translate as you wish.

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Women’s Intuition

What I actually said to my computer: Let me know if you have any questions How my voice software translated it: Women know if you have any questions Well, they sometimes expect you to know what they are thinking.  Maybe … Continue reading

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Unaware in My Underwear

Though I’ve just upgraded to the newest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the voice recognition errors still occur.  Yes, DNS version 11 is better—a good investment.  But a background noise while I’m dictating, or a rushed or slurred spoken phrase, can … Continue reading

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Week’s Roundup: I Didn’t Mean to Get Political

I doubt our former president would come and visit for this purpose, but apparently Dragon NaturallySpeaking thinks otherwise, because— What I actually said to my computer: If push comes to shove… How my voice software translated it:  If Bush comes … Continue reading

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My “Fees Composter” from Google

Voice recognition software has a tough enough time translating your words into type when it has had a chance to learn your voice.  But the job is even tougher without that chance, as you know if you use Google Voice … Continue reading

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Engine Years and Witching Grains

It’s been a while, but here are two recent voice recognition errors that stood out: What I actually said to my computer: which ingrains… How my voice software translated it:  witching grains… And one more: What I actually said to … Continue reading

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Comma Robbery

Today’s voice recognition error requires some explanation. When using your voice to “type” as it were, you speak aloud the punctuation.  So, to have Dragon NaturallySpeaking write this: He left, pointing out the obvious: “Your hairstyle stinks, and I mean … Continue reading

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