Welcome to this week’s blog hop. I’m a bit late to the party this week because I’ve been gathering information for this post, the topic of which is…

It never fails to amaze me that ALL the books ever written are made up of just twenty six letters. Discuss.

I don’t know much about other alphabets and books written in different languages, but I do know that a person’s intelligence level shines out like a beacon in the darkness as soon as they start to string the 26 letters of the English alphabet together to form words.

A very intelligent person(s) constructed the new computer system in my workplace, probably to save money by eventually reducing the amount of secretaries. Doctors previously used to dictate letters onto a tape that we secretaries would listen to on our transcription machines, and then we would type out what we heard through our headphones. It worked very well. However, nowadays the doctors dictate straight into the computer, which gushes out all 26 letters of the alphabet to form words all by itself. Unfortunately, taking doctors’ various accents into account and perhaps mis-pronunciations, the words we secretaries end up proof-reading do not always appear to be the ones dictated by aforesaid doctors. Let me give you some examples…

The following words in italics are those the computer heard, and the words in bold after the colon are those a human (me) had to change them to. Thank goodness the powers-that-be have not yet sacked all the secretaries!

  1. V necked Asia: Venectasia
  2. Peri ferry: Peripheral
  3. Finn oxy metal penicillin: Phenoxymethylpenicillin
  4. XR explosion: Exorex lotion
  5. Mouse in chest: Mass in chest
  6. Pruritis seen a material: Pruritis sine materia
  7. Due tires M Hydrochloric: Diltiazem hydrochloride
  8. Patellae known toxin: Botulinum toxin
  9. Clo but derm: Clobaderm
  10. Calle sibo trial: Calcipotriol
  11. Erythema total unchecked attic rosacea: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea
  12. Cirrhosis: Psoriasis (hmm… it’s a good thing the Dermatology and Gastrohepatology departments are separate!)
  13. Trying key cyst: Trichilemmal cyst
  14. Morph kitten border: Moth eaten border
  15. Lie podium a toes sclerosis: Lipodermato sclerosis

I think this computer system is too intelligent for me – I can’t understand a word it comes out with. Oh, bring back the simple tape and transcription machine!


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