Category Archives: Nonsensical Translations

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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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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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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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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To know lightening is to…

Makes me wonder if Fox News is using voice recognition software, with an error like this: As seen in today’s “Massive Yosemite blaze may have been sparked by illegal marijuana growers” article.

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For your information, the "eyes" have it

I’ve heard of blue eyes, I’ve heard of hazel eyes – I’ve even heard of snake eyes.  But this one’s new: What I actually said to my computer: a couple of FYI’s.   How my voice software translated it:  a couple … Continue reading

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Correcting Craig?

Dragon NaturallySpeaking struggles most translating spoken names and less familiar terms. Here are two recent voice recognition errors that occurred in one sentence: What I actually said to my computer: Kreg pocket hole joinery (it’s a woodworking thing).  How My … Continue reading

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F’ing Laughter–Literally!

When using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, or some other voice recognition software, it’s important to remember to turn off your microphone when you’re done dictating. Otherwise, Dragon just keeps listening.  And Dragon doesn’t know what to do with any sounds coming from … Continue reading

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Keeping Those Mints Healthy

While writing an article for a client, what I actually said to my computer is Men’s Health Month, but how my voice software translated it:  Mint’s Health Month.

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Loopy Slopes With Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Any of you guys a fan of the song Hang on Sloopy, like I am? Apparently, my voice software is not:  What I actually said to my computer: Hang On Sloopy.  How my voice software translated it:  Hang On’s loopy.  … Continue reading

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Puerto Potties and Spearing Toledo

What I actually said to my computer:  porta-potties at the event… How my voice software translated it:  Puerto bodies at the event… And one more: What I actually said to my computer: Allay those fears How my voice software translated … Continue reading

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Knee-high Resolutions & Medicating Issues

A voice recognition error by Dragon NaturallySpeaking software this week that left the recipient scratching his head, I’m sure: What I actually said to my computer: communications issues How my voice software translated it:  key medications issues And one more … Continue reading

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Dragon Not Even Trying?

Sometimes, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is so far off in its translation of my words that I’m tempted to think it’s messing up on purpose.  Like on this one, in which I was describing a bit part performance my daughter had in … Continue reading

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Polanski’s Twist and Esry’s Runs

Twice this week, my voice translation software has proven to be no respecter of persons: What I actually said to my computer: You guys seen Polanski’s Oliver Twist? How my voice software translated it:  You guys seem bland skis over … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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