Translation, Please

My friend, Donna, recently upgraded to a smart phone.  One of the things she loves about it is the talk-to-text feature.

However, sometimes, the phone misinterprets what she says, The text that I receive then requires either some reading between the lines or some guesswork on my part. Or a reply text from me to her, asking that she translate.

Last Saturday, Donna had gone to visit a mutual friend to help her after her recent move, then unexpectedly stayed overnight.  Donna and I had sent a few texts back and forth, then I received this one from her:

it was fine I was glad to be there happy birthday my teeth 18 hours

Yep, I needed a translation on that one. She meant to say: “It was fine, I was glad to be there. Haven’t brushed my teeth in 18 hours”.

Later that day, Motor Man and I were on our way to Dairy Queen (date night), and since it wasn’t too far from Donna’s house, I texted to invite her to join us. She declined, saying she was already “in for the evening”, so I told her that we’d bring dinner to her.

This was her text in reply:

no need to bring me dinner I ate enough but surely use to sync to muffle ships

Any guesses?

I texted her back that I needed translation, and she immediately phoned me to explain. By that time, I was laughing so hard, I couldn’t talk, and handed the phone to Motor Man.

This is what she actually said: “No need to bring me dinner. I ate enough at Shirley’s to sink two battle ships.”

Donna admitted that sometimes she realizes that the text isn’t at all what she means, but it’s so funny, she sends it along to give me a chuckle.

And she also said she didn’t mind that I shared with my readers. So, stay tuned: I’m probably going to receive more humorous texts in the future. Right, Donna?

donna 5-3-2014 8-08-00 AM

~These Days Of Mine~

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15 responses to “Translation, Please

  1. Hilarious…….Almost makes me wish I had a fancy smart phone – almost but not quite!

    Hugs, Pam

  2. Her phone must be the twin of my evil tablet…they’re in league to make the two of us look like idiots. My sympathy, Donna!!

  3. Wonderful Laugh to start the day. I get texts like that from a friend of mine and have to read between the lines. I’m (my phone) not that smart yet.

  4. That is great! I love that she goes ahead and sends them anyway!!

  5. Too funny!

  6. Ha ha! LOL! My phone is smarter than me and bosses me around just like my camera.. 😛

  7. too cute. i’ve not used the speech-to-text functions on my phone for this very reason. 🙂

  8. I’ve had that same trouble. Because I’m always on the road and can’t text I have Siri do it for me. I’ve learned that it’s helpful to ask Siri to read it back to you before you have “her” send it! It does make for some interesting mystery messages.

  9. Kinda’ like ‘text-spam’ .. only it’s from someone you know, it’s entertaining, & you look forward to the next one !

  10. I learned to laugh at my many disastrous “mike texts” (and correcting them is equally as hard as my fat fingers and a tiny tiny alphabet do not seem to jive ) Luckily I have wonderful friends and family members that know me all too well let my ineptitude slide. And yes, .MY LOVELY friend Dianna , who has given me one tutorial on my smart (how ironic) phone and knows I need another ;will probably receive many more alien texts and have to pass the phone to Motor Man to answer when I call to translate.because she will be laughing. AND LIFE IS WONDERFUL WHEN THERE IS LAUGHTER!

  11. I haven’t tried that feature yet. Glad you and Donna are having fun with it.

  12. I have tried that feature and it has inserted near-swear words where innocuous words were – augh! I don’t use it much any more.

    Your friend is so beautiful 🙂 MJ

  13. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    How funny and what great fun between good friends. 🙂

  14. I can’t wait to get together with you two and LAUGH!!!!

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