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The New Monk

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, pointing out that if there were an
error in the first copy, 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 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. Hearing sobbing coming from the back of the cellar, he 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 celebrate."
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