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Well, 2014 might be more interesting than I thought…

I’ve seen this posted around the tubes the last few days and assumed it was fake. Nope. BBC really did fail this large.

Can’t wait for the Year of the Skank.


Comment from dissent555
Time: February 4, 2014, 12:20 am


How will you ever really know if you are not already inside of it.

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 4, 2014, 1:10 am

BBC blames spell check . . .

. . . which, of course, begs a question . . .

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 4, 2014, 1:28 am

Well, having spent quite a bit of time in Asia, and being kind of familiar with the Chinese Calendar, I have known women whom I could safely call a Pig,a or Dog, or a Rat, or even a Snake, and for that matter my wife just nods and smiles when I call her a Dragon… But I have never safely used the word whore. I admire the arrogance and cavalier attitude of the BBC employee who did this.

Comment from JeffS
Time: February 4, 2014, 2:02 am

Well, if this referenced the Congressional Calendar, every year would be the Year Of The Whores.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: February 4, 2014, 3:09 am

This is truly a great time to be alive.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: February 4, 2014, 4:10 am

Sure, now that everybody’s too broke to afford them.

Not sure if spellcheck is a defense, how badly do you have to misspell “horse” to get “whores”?

Now that I thik about it, and can edit my comment, maybe it was an Engrish fail?

Comment from Deborah
Time: February 4, 2014, 1:11 pm

JeffS swerves into the truth: 2014 Mid-Term Elections. Oh yeah, it’s the Year of the Whores.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 4, 2014, 2:55 pm

It’s those danged Ningrishes & their Ningrish Fales.

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: February 4, 2014, 4:55 pm

And I keep writing the “year of the snake” on all my checks.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 4, 2014, 5:39 pm

I’m pretty sure that copy was closed captioning. Most CC are computer generated nowadays. You tend to see some pretty strange stuff, especially during sporting events.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: February 4, 2014, 6:36 pm

Fritz is right. They generally have someone poised to jump in and manually redact if something completely outrageous leaks through, but awful transcription errors are far from uncommon. No-one can type as fast as a human speaks for any length of time. It’s exhausting, and probably more error-prone than the machine translation.

Comment from unkawill
Time: February 4, 2014, 10:03 pm

Mrs Mondale kicked the bucket,Two days
after entering Hospice care.Rule 4 applies.
Congratulations to ExpressoBold!

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 4, 2014, 10:59 pm

Yo unkawill…note— Expressobold didn’t specifically choose Joan, He noted some one should pick her due to her condition.
I’ll throw the red flag on this one…
and yes, i do need to get a life.

Comment from grizzly
Time: February 4, 2014, 11:15 pm

This was almost certainly voice recognition software gone wrong. They used to use live stenographers to transcribe live events like this (and yes, stenographers CAN keep up – my Dad was a court reporter for 37 years, which is how I know this obscure shit), but a human stenographer would likely have caught such a thing.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 4, 2014, 11:34 pm

I’ll accept the win, if only because I’m too socially awkward to say no.

Shouldn’t transcription software have a list of stopwords that it won’t run without human verification? Like, “whores”?

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 5, 2014, 1:38 am

It’s the beeb. They don’t think of females over the age of 12 as sex objects, so they don’t know the word means something naughty.

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