7 recognition mistakes that made me smile (and one that made me frown)

Bloopers OOPS!

Despite the happy fact that I generally have excellent results with Dragon, mistakes are not uncommon.

Until the program develops enough to read my mind (which would be creepy) or I stop slurring words when I get tired or when I am in a hurry (unlikely to happen), I'm content to say the words again or correct them.

Usually the recognition mistakes are not very interesting. Occasionally, though, they make me smile and once in a while they are hilarious. And errr... sometimes they are slightly embarrassing, too.

All right, now here are some of my pronounication mistakes Dragon's recognition mistakes.

Some (slightly) funny mistakes

And don't feel obliged to find them funny. Humor is very personal. These mistakes just caught my eye, made me laugh and I noted them for later reference.

What Dragon wrote

What I said

An extreme witch

An extra image

The two office working together

The two of us working together

That was batlike

That was bad luck



Writing lettuce by hand

Writing letters by hand

Is bitch recognition

Is speech recognition

This mistake was embarrassing!

What Dragon wrote

What I said

Dragon's auto-vomiting options

Dragon's Auto-Formatting options

Yes, it is true. One of my students let me know that instead of talking about Dragon's Auto-Formatting options, I was actually discussing the Auto-Vomiting options. Eeew!

Mind you, this was in a published lesson in the Learn Dragon Online academy. My proofreading brain cells obviously were asleep at the time.

Well, at least all my students know 100% sure that I walk the talk: clearly that text was dictated! Typing mistakes don't look like this.

And this mistake made me frown

It is a totally understandable mistake...

What Dragon wrote

What I said

1.2 make clear

One point to make clear

Dragon doesn't understand the difference and applies auto-formatting (I honestly can't see that word anymore without thinking of vomit) when it hears numbers, but this is annoying nevertheless.

Are you annoyed or do you sometimes laugh when Dragon makes a mistake?

I have a pretty sunny disposition and I have worked with Dragon for so long, that I tend to be very tolerant of its mistakes. Usually, if I'm being honest, I could actually have pronounced the words more clearly.

If you have any funny bloopers, don't hesitate to share them in the comments below!

Janneke den Draak

Janneke den Draak

Hi, I'm Janneke and I'm your go-to person for Dragon and Apple speech recognition software help.

When I got severe repetitive strain injury issues over 20 years ago, I didn't want to give up using the computer. So I learned all about controlling the PC with speech recognition and dictating my documents and emails.

I've now been a speech recognition software trainer and consultant for almost two decades, teaching over 2000 people handsfree productivity!

My online courses for Apple Voice Control and Dragon offer self-paced learning and I also love running my membership for Dragon users. For those in need of an intensive training or custom speech command creation, I am available for one-on-one calls.

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