Talk about a typo...
A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks
in copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying
from copies, not the original manuscripts. So, the new monk goes to the head
monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there were an error in the
first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other 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 cellar with one of
the copies to check it against the original.
Hours go by and nobody sees him. So, one of the monks goes downstairs to
look for him. He hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar, and finds
the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying. He asks the old
monk what's wrong, and in a choked voice came the reply..."The word is