Category Archives: Just Plain Funny Mis-Translations

Catching ketchup

What I actually said to my computer: ketchup with that  How my voice software translated it:  catch up with that

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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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Skating Options

What I actually said to my computer: I think he will obfuscate this. How my voice software translated it:  I think he will opt to skate this.   I just hope he’s up to it.

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That Takes the Cake

This voice recognition software error, brought to you by my installation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, makes me hungry: What I actually said to my computer: I assume you’ve seen How my voice software translated it:  Icing you’ve seen

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No Christmas Spirit at All

You’d think that the engineers who make Dragon NaturallySpeaking for voice recognition (you-talk-it-types stuff) would have programmed the software to properly recognize this phrase and its common context.  But that’s what you’d get for thinking: What I actually said to … Continue reading

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Bowling with Spit and Worshiping Deena

Here are two recent voice recognition errors, the first of which changed a common expression about brainstorming into a new kind of sport: What I actually said to my computer: spit balling How my voice software translated it:  spit bowling … Continue reading

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Secret truth revealed?

So I’m writing Web copy for a client that is a church, when … What I actually said to my computer: Adult worship How my voice software translated it:  I don’t worship

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God did it, not me

Oops.  This voice recognition software faux pas slipped by me, going straight to a client’s inbox!  What I actually said to my computer: The file has everything that got adjusted in today’s meeting. How my voice software translated it: The … Continue reading

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Making Tourniquets–It’s a Legal Matter

Sometimes, the voice recognition software is SO CLOSE, that it almost sounds poetic: What I actually said to my computer: Do you know how to make a tourniquet? How my voice software translated it:  Do you know how to make … Continue reading

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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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Rich and Retro

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

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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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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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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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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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NY Times Axes Morons?

Apparently I am not the only person so amused by voice recognition errors as to keep a collection of them.  In this New York Times article about the latest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking—version 11, coming out any day now—writer David … Continue reading

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Week’s roundup of voice recognition errors

This week’s top 3 memorable bloopers brought to you by my voice recognition software’s misrepresentations. 🙂 Continue reading

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A calculation error – voice error of the day

What I actually said was “calculator” but what it thought that I said was “cocky leader” Continue reading

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Spewing forth today’s voice recognition error

What I said: “alternative dispute” but what my voice software wrote is “alternative to spew.” Continue reading

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Fave Voice Recognition Errors of the Week

Three voice typos worth sharing: “She’s in a bit of a pickle” became “Cheese and a bit of a pickle” and… Continue reading

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