A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying old texts by hand. He notices however that they are copying copies, not the original books.

So the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that is there were an error in the first copy that error would be continued in all the other copies.

The head monk says, ” We have been copying the copies for centuries.But you make a good point, my son.”

So he goes down to the cellar with one of the copies to check it with the originals.Hours later, nobody has seen the head monk.

So, one of the monks go down to the cellar to look for him. He hears sobbing coming form the back of the cellar, and finds the head monk crying over one of the original books.

He asks, “What is wrong?”

“The word is celebrate.” The head monks says. “Not celibacy.”