Vow for Life

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.

He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the Abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The Abbot, says, “We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.”

He went down into the dark vaults underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn’t been opened for hundreds of years. Hours passed by and nobody saw the old Abbot.

So, the young monk began to worry, he went down to look for his boss. He discovered the older man banging his head against the wall and wailing.

“We missed the R! We missed the R! We missed the R!”

His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old Abbot, “What’s wrong, father?”

With A choking voice, the old Abbot replies,

“The word was…







4 thoughts on “Vow for Life

  1. Oh,Grannymar! What a great story. It would be even more amusing if the consequences of that mistake hadn’t affected so many people over the centuries.

    I have thought of a few more words that have their meaning changed drastically just by removing the R.

    FRIEND turns to FIEND
    PRETTY turns to PETTY
    CARD turns to CAD

    Any more,Anyone?

  2. Awww all I can think of is Breast and Beast – I’m having a dirty weekend I’m afraid. And not that sort . . .mind in the gutter sort.

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