A Young Monk Arrives At The Monastery-Joke

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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.

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So, the new monk goes to the head 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 head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son." So, he goes down into the dark caves 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 go by and nobody sees the old abbot. So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing, "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 CELEBRATE!"

By Terri from NV

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

October 23, 2008

Cute joke, but celibate's spelled with an i.

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

October 23, 2008

Doesn't really work, the spelling of celibate is wrong.

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

October 23, 2008

''Celebate'' isn't the word you were looking for: it's celibate. Notice the ''i''.

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

October 23, 2008

I just thought I'd add ANOTHER post saying that celibate is spelled incorrectly. Overkill much? lol

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

October 23, 2008

Um... there were not any 'r' or 'i' characters in the originals.

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By Ben Borgman 12 Flag

October 23, 2008

Who care's how it's really spelled. It's still funny. Americans have been spelling words wrong for years and getting away with it!!

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By Susan Sanders-Kinzel 10 2,498 Flag

October 24, 2008

Funny how this joke has been here since 2006 and the first corrections were posted in 2008. Ah well.

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

October 25, 2008

A bunch of English majors really know how to mess up a joke.

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