A friend sent this joke:
A young monk arrives at the monastery.
He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying by hand the old
cannons and laws of the church.
He notices, however, that all the monks are copying from copies, not from
the original manuscript.
So,the new monk goes to the Old 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
The head monk says, “we have been copying from the copies for centuries,
but you make a good point my son”. 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 the
old monk banging his head against the wall and wailing…….
…….”we missed the “R!”; ………we missed the
“R!”……………………”we missed the bloody “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………