Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Shades of Mr Bangelstein...

A young monk arrived at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old Canons and Laws of the Church by hand.

He notices, however, that all of the monks are
copying from copies, not from the original manuscript.

So, the new monk goes to the Old Abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up!

In fact, that error would be continued in all of
the subsequent copies.

The head monk, says, "We have been copying
from the copies for centuries, but you make a
good point, my son." 

He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held
as archives, in a locked vault that hasn't
been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the Old Abbot.

So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing.

"We missed the 
R! We missed the R!
We missed the bloody R!"

His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?"

With a choking voice, the old Abbot replies,

"The word was .....



rvi said...

Ho ho ho!

In similar vein, many years ago when I was working in the middle east and learning a bit of Arabic for my edification, I asked my tutor why there were so many pesky "exceptions" to otherwise standard Arabic grammar. His reply was that when the scribes were writing out the original Koran back in about 650AD, a number of "typos" were made (probably induced by boredom, interruption or lack of concentration on the part of the writers), but rather than ditch the whole parchment and start over and do it properly, the powers that be decided that as this book was supposedly 'the word of Allah' it must be right! So they just left them all in and made up reasons why that particular exception should be so, instead of making the simple corrections - and thus made life hell for Arabic students ever after as these errors were transposed out of the book and into the main language.

Pity they didn't have word processors with spellchecker in those days!

How are the knees??

rvi said...

PS: Like the scribes of old described above, I too was interrupted whilst typing and inadvertently pressed 'send' instead of 'save'.

What I was going to add was that none of the pics/cartoons, whatever they are, loaded on to my machine. So I went through the 'view image' procedure to have a look - but all I got on each box was an advert for Google and an invitation to sign up to gmail, none of which I could cancel or stop without switching off my computer and starting again.

This suggests to me that your effort is laden with malware somewhere along the line.

Just saying in case anybody else has the same problem.

Trubes said...

That is so funny Scrobs,
shame the graphics didn't appear... More stuff on my blog, if you care to pop over for a G+T..
Well! the sun has gone over the yard arm..
Chin Chin !


stan mann said...

Unfortunately for the joke, the word is spelled 'celibate'.