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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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The unexpected dangers of being a director

What I actually said to my computer while creating an article about B12 supplementation: “colorectal cancer risks.” But what my voice recognition software typed: “co-director cancel risks.”  Definitely a surprise side effect of too much B12.

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A thoroughly poor translation!

Easily the most inappropriate voice recognition software blunder so far this year! Responding to an e-mail from a client, what I actually said to my computer: Thanks for your thorough response! But how my Dragon software translated it: Thanks for … Continue reading

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Plant sperm??

I never heard of such a thing, but apparently Dragon NaturallySpeaking has. What I actually said: “When the plans firm up…” But how Dragon translated it: “When the plants sperm up.” And that was in an email to a business … Continue reading

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Fred Sure Loves His Iced Coffee

Dragon NaturallySpeaking often has trouble with names – personal or brand names. Starbucks menu items are no exception: What I actually said to my computer:  Frappuccino. How my voice software translated it:  Fred Pacino.

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Siri Fails Baristas

A friend of mine recently attempted to get her Apple iPhone’s Siri to understand a common, simple word: barista. No luck. How Siri’s voice recognition translated it: Paris stuff. A friend of hers tried it herself, and Siri failed again: … Continue reading

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The star receiver has a cold

You know that old adage “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Or is it “Feed a fever, starve a cold”? According to Dragon NaturallySpeaking, it’s neither. What it typed when I said the former: Feet are cold, star receiver.

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Sorry, Dear Auntie

Honest, I was talking about the long-snouted creature that eats ants. Clearly, Dragon NaturallySpeaking didn’t understand:  What I actually said to my computer: ant eater.  How my voice software translated it: aunt eater. I tried once more, and got one … Continue reading

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Scattered Scholar

More trouble with names. Not Dragon NaturallySpeaking’s forte: What I actually said to my computer:  Skyler How my voice software translated it:  Scholar Skyler didn’t mind that voice typo very much.  But this one: What I actually said to my … Continue reading

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Happy and Gay

Two recent voice recognition errors that I wish I’d caught before hitting send:  What I actually said to my computer: dinners and galas  How my voice software translated it:  dinners and gay laws   And one more: What I actually … Continue reading

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Kicking Tarts at the Meta-Café?

Two recent voice recognition errors, just for kicks:  What I actually said to my computer: he kick-startsHow my voice software translated it:  he kicks tarts Those poor tarts!  And what kind of eats would you get here, I wonder: What … 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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Mental Leaps and Angry Coworkers

I was talking about a recipe, but Dragon NaturallySpeaking clearly thought I was speaking esoterically: What I actually said to my computer: Take mint leaves, and… How my voice software translated it:  Take mental leaps and… And one more, showing … Continue reading

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Going for a run in my Socrates?

This voice recognition error suggests that buying this brand of running shoes is a wise decision, I suppose: What I actually said to my computer: Which model of Saucony’s did you buy? How my voice software translated it:  Which model … Continue reading

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One Crazy Prescription

This next voice recognition error is from the medical world, and came to me from someone who wishes to stay anonymous.  As you may know, voice recognition software is often used by doctors as a way of recording what they … Continue reading

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We’ll assume he was talking about a rooster

Just a warning that this voice recognition error may seem inappropriate. And let me assure you, it would have been very inappropriate had I not caught the voice software’s the error before sending it to the finance department of this … Continue reading

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Porn for my what??

One of those embarrassing voice recognition errors (that occurred while using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for e-mail) that I’m so glad I caught before hitting “send.” What I actually said to my computer: …for an air-conditionerHow my voice software translated it:  …porn … 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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Struggling to Juggle

A recent voice recognition error while using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to auto-type my spoken words:  What I actually said to my computer was ClassJuggler (a company that provides online software for dance studios, web-based Cheer camp and gymnastics schools software, and … Continue reading

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Mongolian Criminals

A humorous week for voice recognition software errors. Two memorable ones:  What I actually said to my computer: Morongo Casino How my voice software translated it:  Mongol Casino And one more, brought to you by Dragon NaturallySpeaking as well: What … Continue reading

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