A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help 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 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 copies.
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 finds the Old Abbo banging his head against the wall and wailing.
His forehead is all bloody and bruised and is crying uncontrollably.
The young monk asks the old Abbot, “What’s wrong?”
With a choking voice, the old Abbot replies,
There was ONE word where
“We missed the R !
We missed the R
We missed the bloody R !”
“What WORD?” the young Monk asked,
“The word was ….