Y'all gnome sane?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 24 15:04:54 UTC 2013

Dan may have meant to raise the possibility that the error was caused
by a faulty transcription created by a voice recognition application
such as Siri or Google Now instead of a finger manipulation error.

Compressed elliptical utterances are difficult to decode for men and machines.

On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 2:27 AM, hw gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> digitalis?
> Why wouldn't it be? Latin _lapsus digitalis_ = English "finger-slip"
> I take it that a person who speaks a dialect in which "saying" is
> pronounced "sane" should slip up and actually *write* "saying" as "sane" is
> less interesting than challenging the waning competence of the winner of
> the 1954 high-school winner of the Latin Contest of the Missouri Province
> of the Society of Jesus? :-)
> FWIW, "Gnome sane?" as a jocular spelling of the ubiquitous
> conversation-filler, "Know what I'm saying?" has been around for at least a
> dekkid.
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