Humorous Homophones

When we prepared our video lectures for the Haskell course, we sent them off to a Closed Captioning service to generate the subtitles. We strongly suspect that the people doing the subtitling did not know any functional programming – at least, not before they started.

This resulted in some humorous mis-transcriptions. I’m going to record my favourite instances here, so I don’t forget these classics.

I said ‘lambda abstraction‘. They heard ‘lambda obstruction‘.

Wim said ‘compact syntax’. They heard ‘complex syntax’.

I said ‘Haskell programming’. They heard ‘high school programming’,

I said ‘Glasgow Haskell Compiler’. They heard ‘classic Haskell compiler’.

There are lots more examples, check our github repo logs for details.


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