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* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': Every child is named by the Chief Elder in a ceremony, which is transcribed by a bureaucrat who just blithely writes it down. This is why Baby Sinclair's name is briefly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LC0ZB4ja4 "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot."]] Fran mentions that she had a cousin named "Achoo" and a classmate named "Burp Excuse Me Siegelman".

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* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': Every In "And The Winner Is...", every child is named by the Chief Elder in a ceremony, which is transcribed by a bureaucrat who just blithely writes it down. This is why Baby Sinclair's name is briefly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LC0ZB4ja4 "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot."]] Fran mentions that she had a cousin named "Achoo" and a classmate named "Burp Excuse Me Siegelman".

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* Used for BlackComedy in an episode of ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', when the Sheriff of Nottingham reads out a transcript of a witch being interrogated under torture in a deadpan monotone, complete with cries of agony.

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* In ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' ''and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman'', Ms. Ribble makes every student in her class write goodbye cards for her retirement by copying the poem she wrote on the chalkboard, which ends with a "Write your own name here" fill-in. None the less, most of the students are shown copying verbatim the "write your own name here" part.

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* One Rory Bremner sketch has Alistair Campbell dictating a report on Iraq's weapons capabilities. Tony Blair sticks his head round the door. "When will that report be ready?" he asks. "In forty-five minutes," Campbell replies, unaware that the typist is transcribing those words into the report.





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-->'''Taggart:''' (''dictating'') Send a wire to the main office and tell them I said... (''Bart hits him over the head'') Ow! (''Falls unconscious'').
-->'''Lyle:''' Send wire, main office, tell them I said, "Ow". Gotcha.

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-->'''Taggart:''' (''dictating'') ''[dictating]'' Send a wire to the main office and tell them I said... (''Bart ''[Bart hits him over the head'') head]'' Ow! (''Falls unconscious'').
-->'''Lyle:'''
''[falls unconscious]''\\
'''Lyle:'''
Send wire, main office, tell them I said, "Ow". Gotcha.



-->'''Brother Maynard:''' Well, that's what it says.
-->'''King Arthur:''' Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve 'Aaaauuuggghhhh'. He'd just say it.
-->'''Sir Galahad:''' Maybe he was dictating it.
-->'''King Arthur:''' Oh, shut up!

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-->'''Brother Maynard:''' Well, that's what it says.
-->'''King
says.\\
'''King
Arthur:''' Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve 'Aaaauuuggghhhh'. "Aaaauuuggghhhh". He'd just say it.
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it.\\
'''Sir
Galahad:''' Maybe he was dictating it.
-->'''King
it.\\
'''King
Arthur:''' Oh, shut up!



-->'''Jamison:''' Now, uh... you said a lot of things here that I didn't think were important, so I just omitted them.
-->'''Capt. Spaulding:''' So, you just omitted them, eh? You just omitted the body of the letter, that's all. You've just left out the body of the letter, that's all. Yours is not to reason why, Jamison. You've left out the body of the letter.

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-->'''Jamison:''' Now, uh... you said a lot of things here that I didn't think were important, so I just omitted them.
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them.\\
'''Capt.
Spaulding:''' So, you just omitted them, eh? You just omitted the body of the letter, that's all. You've just left out the body of the letter, that's all. Yours is not to reason why, Jamison. You've left out the body of the letter.




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* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': Every child is named by the Chief Elder in a ceremony, which is transcribed by a bureaucrat who just blithely writes it down. This is why Baby Sinclair's name is briefly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LC0ZB4ja4 "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot."]] Fran mentions that she had a cousin named "Achoo" and a classmate named "Burp Excuse Me Siegelman".



-->'''Icing:''' ''"Congratulations." Got that? No, not "Congratulations. Got that?" Just "Congratulations." No, I don't want you to write "Congratulations. Got that? [[OverlyLongGag "No, not 'Congratulations. Got that?' Just 'Congratulations.]]" What do I do here? He doesn't know English. He's just transcribing phonetically. Well, what language does he speak? You hired him. That's why, if it was up to me, I'd fire half the staff. No, don't put that on the cake."''


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-->'''Icing:''' ''"Congratulations."Congratulations." Got that? No, not "Congratulations. Got that?" Just "Congratulations." No, I don't want you to write "Congratulations. Got that? [[OverlyLongGag "No, not 'Congratulations. Got that?' Just 'Congratulations.]]" What do I do here? He doesn't know English. He's just transcribing phonetically. Well, what language does he speak? You hired him. That's why, if it was up to me, I'd fire half the staff. No, don't put that on the cake."''


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* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': Every child is named by the Chief Elder in a ceremony, which is transcribed by a bureaucrat who just blithely writes it down. This is why Baby Sinclair's name is briefly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LC0ZB4ja4 "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot."]] Fran mentions that she had a cousin named "Achoo" and a classmate named "Burp Excuse Me Siegelman".
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-->'''Soos''': I've got a story. It's called, "Soos's Really Great Pinball Story!" *beat* Is that a good title? Do they have to be, like, puns or whatever?
-->''[Cut to title card reading: "SOOS' REALLY GREAT PINBALL STORY! Is That A Good Title? Do They Have To Be, Like, Puns Or Whatever?"]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Lisa's Sax", as Homer dictates a dedication for Lisa's saxophone, he tells the clerk to write "To Lisa, never forget your Daddy loves-", when he drops the sax on his feet and says "D'oh!", which is transcribed as "To Lisa, never forget your Daddy loves D'OH!" In the end of the episode, Lisa gets a new sax with the dedication "To Lisa, may your new saxophone bring you years of D'OH!"

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-->'''Soos''': -->'''Soos:''' I've got a story. It's called, "Soos's Really Great Pinball Story!" *beat* Is that a good title? Do they have to be, like, puns or whatever?
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whatever?\\
''[cut
to title card reading: "SOOS' REALLY GREAT PINBALL STORY! Is That A Good Title? Do They Have To Be, Like, Puns Or Whatever?"]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Lisa's Sax", as Homer dictates a dedication for Lisa's saxophone, he tells the clerk to write "To Lisa, never forget your Daddy loves-", when he drops the sax on his feet and says "D'oh!", which is transcribed as "To Lisa, never forget your Daddy loves D'OH!" In the end of the episode, Lisa gets a new sax with the dedication "To Lisa, may your new saxophone bring you years of D'OH!"D'OH!"
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Bottomless Pit!" has the characters taking turns telling stories, with appropriate title cards popping up when the characters announce the title for their mini story. When it's Soos' turn, the unnamed narrator does this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'': This seems to happen to Mr. Peanutbutter all the time; whenever he and Diane try to get a sign printed, [[AcquiredErrorAtThePrinter they print both what they want the sign to say and their instructions]], resulting in signs like "'''Happy Birthday Diane and Use a Pretty Font'''"
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Bottomless Pit!" has the characters taking turns telling stories, with appropriate title cards popping up when the characters announce the title for their mini story. When it's Soos' turn, the unnamed narrator does this.


* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': Every child is named by the Chief Elder in a ceremony, which is transcribed by a bureaucrat who just blithely writes it down. This is why Baby's name is briefly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LC0ZB4ja4 "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot."]] Fran mentions that she had a cousin named "Achoo" and a classmate named "Burp excuse me."

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* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': Every child is named by the Chief Elder in a ceremony, which is transcribed by a bureaucrat who just blithely writes it down. This is why Baby's Baby Sinclair's name is briefly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LC0ZB4ja4 "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot."]] Fran mentions that she had a cousin named "Achoo" and a classmate named "Burp excuse me."Excuse Me Siegelman".


In fiction, one character will dictate something to be written to another. However, something silly might happen, making the first say something not meant to written, which the second will obliviously write.

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In fiction, one character will dictate something to be written to another. However, something silly might happen, making the first say something not meant to be written, which the second will obliviously write.


* ''Series/AlasSmithAndJones'' had a sketch were a criminal is cautioned that "anything he may say will be taken down and may be used in a court of law". the criminal then starts saying (deadpan) "What are you going, officer? Please stop hitting me. Ow. Ow" as the police officer dutifully writes it all down, looking increasingly worried as the monologue goes on.

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* ''Series/AlasSmithAndJones'' had a sketch were a criminal is cautioned that "anything he may say will be taken down and may be used in a court of law". the criminal then starts saying (deadpan) "What are you going, doing, officer? Please stop hitting me. Ow. Ow" as the police officer dutifully writes it all down, looking increasingly worried as the monologue goes on.

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In fiction, one character will dictate something to be written to another. However, something silly might happen, making the first say something not meant to written, which the second will obliviously write.

The inverse of ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud.

Compare RepeatAfterMe, LiteralMinded, RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic.

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* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. Taggart and Lyle callously leave Bart to die in quicksand. After Bart gets out, he prepares to hit Taggart over the head with a shovel.
-->'''Taggart:''' (''dictating'') Send a wire to the main office and tell them I said... (''Bart hits him over the head'') Ow! (''Falls unconscious'').
-->'''Lyle:''' Send wire, main office, tell them I said, "Ow". Gotcha.
* {{Discussed}} in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', where there is a carved message from Joseph of Aramathea: "He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of Aaauuuggghhh..."
-->'''Brother Maynard:''' Well, that's what it says.
-->'''King Arthur:''' Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve 'Aaaauuuggghhhh'. He'd just say it.
-->'''Sir Galahad:''' Maybe he was dictating it.
-->'''King Arthur:''' Oh, shut up!
* Inverted in ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'', where the secretary decides not to write down what Capt. Spaulding says on the grounds that it was nonsense.
-->'''Jamison:''' Now, uh... you said a lot of things here that I didn't think were important, so I just omitted them.
-->'''Capt. Spaulding:''' So, you just omitted them, eh? You just omitted the body of the letter, that's all. You've just left out the body of the letter, that's all. Yours is not to reason why, Jamison. You've left out the body of the letter.
* In ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', a secretary is seen typing everything she hears. As she works for a TortureTechnician, that includes screams of pain.

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* In ''Literature/AuntieMame'', Mama hires Agnes to transcribe her thoughts for her book. Agnes does it so well she even transcribes people asking Agnes why she's writing so fast.

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdCQwigh6H8 "Biggles Dictates a Letter"]] Biggles tries to get his secretary to not take his dictation when he is wearing a pair of antlers, but she ends up taking or not the dictation in the opposite direction.
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': Every child is named by the Chief Elder in a ceremony, which is transcribed by a bureaucrat who just blithely writes it down. This is why Baby's name is briefly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LC0ZB4ja4 "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot."]] Fran mentions that she had a cousin named "Achoo" and a classmate named "Burp excuse me."
* This is a RunningGag in the parish council meetings in ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley''. The super-pedantic parish clerk Frank Pickle will frequently note down things literally, e.g. "Then Mrs. Cropley said nothing."
* In ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', this happens in "The Trial of Leslie Knope" when Leslie reads one of Ethel Beavers's transcriptions.
--> '''Leslie:''' Mr. Traeger: That was beautiful. I'm literally crying and jumping. Crying noise, crying noise, nose blow.
* ''Series/AlasSmithAndJones'' had a sketch were a criminal is cautioned that "anything he may say will be taken down and may be used in a court of law". the criminal then starts saying (deadpan) "What are you going, officer? Please stop hitting me. Ow. Ow" as the police officer dutifully writes it all down, looking increasingly worried as the monologue goes on.
* ''Series/{{Superstore}}'': In "Color Wars", Glenn and Dina are supposed to get a cake for the winning team. They end up arguing in front of the person who is writing the icing, so their entire argument finds its way onto the cake.
-->'''Icing:''' ''"Congratulations." Got that? No, not "Congratulations. Got that?" Just "Congratulations." No, I don't want you to write "Congratulations. Got that? [[OverlyLongGag "No, not 'Congratulations. Got that?' Just 'Congratulations.]]" What do I do here? He doesn't know English. He's just transcribing phonetically. Well, what language does he speak? You hired him. That's why, if it was up to me, I'd fire half the staff. No, don't put that on the cake."''


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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Bottomless Pit!" has the characters taking turns telling stories, with appropriate title cards popping up when the characters announce the title for their mini story. When it's Soos' turn, the unnamed narrator does this.
-->'''Soos''': I've got a story. It's called, "Soos's Really Great Pinball Story!" *beat* Is that a good title? Do they have to be, like, puns or whatever?
-->''[Cut to title card reading: "SOOS' REALLY GREAT PINBALL STORY! Is That A Good Title? Do They Have To Be, Like, Puns Or Whatever?"]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Lisa's Sax", as Homer dictates a dedication for Lisa's saxophone, he tells the clerk to write "To Lisa, never forget your Daddy loves-", when he drops the sax on his feet and says "D'oh!", which is transcribed as "To Lisa, never forget your Daddy loves D'OH!" In the end of the episode, Lisa gets a new sax with the dedication "To Lisa, may your new saxophone bring you years of D'OH!"

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