She Was Dictating a Comment to NYT. Then Things Got Weird

An auto-to-text gaffe charms the internet
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2017 7:50 AM CDT
Is This the 'Single Best Comment of the Year'?
It's quite a comment.   (Twitter)

It started off in normal enough fashion. "Zero optimism that the Democrats can ever regain ..." wrote Christine McMorrow in a comment to the New York Times. And then things started getting weird. “Hello hi oh you're there are you outside oh well let me come to the door I'm icing my knee and I'm hard boiling some eggs I'll turn them off and then will do our meeting yet out that that will be fine," it continued. As McMorrow explained later, she was using the voice-to-text feature of her iPhone to record the comment when a friend called the house phone. Her smartphone kept dutifully recording: "I was down in the Cape myself this morning by getting so let me get up because I'm right now sort of trapped in my chair. And then I'll put the ice pack back on when you get here OK thanks bye-bye."

McMorrow had meant to add her two cents to a story headlined, "As G.O.P. Bends Toward Trump, Critics Either Give In or Give Up." Instead, she delivered what New York magazine has called the "single best comment of the year," delighting people across the internet. The Boston-area woman is a frequent commenter to the Times, and she's now laughing off the gaffe she blames on a recent operating system update to the phone. "It's so embarrassing, oh, come on," she tells the Boston Globe. "My autodictation function went wild on me." For the record, she did not say "Cape," but "cave," a reference to her boyfriend's man cave. There was a mention of "Norman" in the comment, but he is, in fact, "Normand." (Read about another comment deemed best-ever.)

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