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Voice Software: It’s a Gas!

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is not too friendly with any of my friends south of the border: What I actually said to my computer: Muchos gracias   How my voice software translated it:  Which is gaseous Voice recognition – it’s a laugh a … 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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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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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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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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The Comedic Haitian

What I actually said to my computer:   communication protocol How the voice software translated it:    comedic Haitian oracle While the typed outcome is bizarrely different in meaning from what I said, say both phrases aloud and you can see how … Continue reading

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Liver Delivery

What I actually said to my computer:   to assemble and deliver How the voice software translated it:    to assemble in the liver 

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Oral pickiness

What I actually said to my computer:   Our editorial procedures  How my voice software translated it:   Our picked oral procedures 

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