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Siri-ous Humor

I did a post last summer about smart phones when we were considering changing cell phone service. As much as I enjoy my iPad and as much as I might enjoy having many of the same apps, etc. on an iPhone, I would not want the bill that goes with having an iPhone.

A few weeks ago both my French 102 and my German 112 classes had a unit on food. In connection with that I shared two pictures with them. Here's the picture my French students enjoyed:

Ail Phone

I had to help them a little since French pronunciation isn't always evident. The French word ail is pronounced in IPA symbols /aj/ (approximately like ah-yuh, with the yuh almost disappearing), and it means garlic in English.

Here's the picture my German students enjoyed:


The German was a little more obvious to my students since they had learned the German word Ei, meaning egg, and since the German letter combination ei is pronounced basically like the English word eye. (For those who don't read German, the the bottom line of the "text message" on the Eifon says "Call me.")

Apple Siri

One of the neat features available on the newer iPhones and iPads is an app called Siri. According to Wikipedia, Siri is an intelligent personal assistant which uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions. As I understand it, once you launch the app, you speak into the device and it does whatever you tell it to, that is, if it understands your manner of speaking. The first thing you see is something like this:

Siri Help

I found a couple of pictures online of what you can get Siri to do for you. Here's one.

Siri Birthday Reminder

Here's another one.

Reminders Siri

Now that would be handy! But then, I have apps that allow me to do the same thing with my fingers instead of my voice.

Earlier this week a reader sent me a funny picture of one user's exchange with Siri.


I found similar types of things online. From some of the pictures I found, I wondered if the user has to give Siri permission to use profanity or if that is just a regular "feature" of the app. Some of the language from Siri itself was quite strong!

Do any of you have funny stories to share of your experiences with Siri?

My wife Becka did a blog post last night about the loss of our cat Clementine this past weekend. Because of that, I have removed the final, lone cat from my sigline below. 🙁


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7 Comments on “Siri-ous Humor”

  1. #1 Michael
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    The upgrade to iOS 6 gave me Siri on my iPad. I’ve tried to use the feature a couple times but have found it not as user-friendly as expected. I am a little concerned that some people are going to become dependent on Siri and will stop thinking about things that they need to think about.

  2. #2 Barbara H.
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I haven’t heard any strong language from Siri. I wonder if it picks that up from its owner, if it reflects the kinds of things the user says?

    It is programmed with a lot of responses to “Will you marry me?” like “I am not capable of love” or “Let’s just be friends” or “That is not covered in my licensing agreement.” Or if you say “Tell me a joke” it says, “If I told you a joke in my language, I’d have to explain it.” My son Jason can entertain himself for a long time asking Siri questions. 🙂

    It’s not so great on really being helpful, though.

  3. #3 Jan
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    You don’t have to publish this comment . . . We’re “Almost Amish” when it comes to technology, but I chuckled when my cousin forwarded the following link to me. Because it’s a commercial from France, I thought of you.


    I’m sorry to hear about your cats. We’ve lost some pets too, and it is tough.


  4. #4 David Lowry
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    If I remember correctly, when Apple bought Siri they cleaned it up a bit before integrating it into iOS directly.

  5. #5 Amoeba :)
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Siri does not understand my dad’s southern accent all the time…which can sometimes produce some funny texts.

  6. #6 Steve Coon
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I once asked Siri what it was that was distinctive about Free Will Baptists as opposed to other Baptist denominations. Her response was, “Humans have religion, I’m just silicon.”

  7. #7 bj
    on Mar 30th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    o o
    =^..^= =^..^=

    I am sorry about your cats. It is a very sad thing to lose such life long pets. I never met them but my heart hurts just the same. I thought maybe instead of the kitty disappearing from your sigline, you could remember them with halos. 🙂