Preposterous Voice Transcriptions

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 14 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

I use Google Voice for all my voicemail needs. One of the cool features, in theory, is that it will transcribe a voicemail left for me and send it to my phone or email. This is great when I’m in a meeting or in class and can’t actually listen to the voicemail, but I can glance at it. Unless of course, the transcription goes completely awry. As in this case:

Hey Drew, this is Karen me and my daughter give me a give me a kiss on Saturday and she wanted to go if you can do it would be great. We can go ahead and yeah call or on that, so if you to call. It’s going to come back number is (206) 555-12121 bye.

The voicemail was actually my friend (a guy, by the way) calling to see if I wanted to go skiing on Saturday.

  1. the phone number was practically the only thing the transcription service actually got correct