Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fun with Closed Captioning

Closed captioning can be entertaining.

There was the time I was watching an Olympic hockey game (USA vs. Canada: USA! USA!) and the closed captioner typed "honky talent" instead of "hockey talent."

How about this one: "Inaudible lyrics."

Then there was the Piggly Wiggly commercial - or was it just a sponsored voice-over? - that should have read Shop the Pig but instead was captioned "Slop the Pig."

How about the captioner for the Today Show that had Hoda saying "Good Booze Day Morning!" instead of Tuesday morning?

Did you see the opera singer who competed on The Biggest Loser? She was on the Today Show, and the captioner wrote Oprah for Opera. Now I know Oprah's all over the headlines right now, but she's not an opera. Not yet.

A political hot potato turned into "hot spot state toes." The discussion was a federal budget issue, too, not a state conflict. Not that my fair state of Wisconsin is lacking in political conflicts....

Chuck turns off the closed captioning when he watches Gordon Ramsey for two reasons: 1. I can't stand the guy. 2. The captioning consists of "(bleep) (bleep) (bleep)."

Enough already. Or do I mean Enough All Red Ye?


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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

We never watch it with closed captioning--but I can see how it would be rife with error!

5/26/2011 10:03 AM  
Blogger Earth Muffin said...

There was a short period of time where somehow our closed captions were turned on and we couldn't figure out how to turn them off. At first it was annoying, but then it just became part of the entertainment value of whatever we were watching. If you have a GPS, you may find similar amusement in the way certain streets are pronounced.

5/26/2011 2:26 PM  
Blogger Flea said...

OMG. Can you imagine an Oprah opera?

5/26/2011 9:45 PM  

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