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Autocorrect: How does it work? Do we need it?

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Autocorrect is almost as old as personal computers. Even some of the earliest word processors had a spellcheck feature that suggested alternative words if a word you typed did not appear in its internal dictionary. Certainly, today, autocorrect has a come a long way since the Cupertino effect. What’s the Cupertino effect? Well, in its early days, word processors would replace the word “cooperation” with “Cupertino” (the city in Northern California where Apple and other computer companies are headquartered). This spelling suggestion made its way to many documents published by the United Nations, NATO, and other official bodies, so the Cupertino effect is any inappropriate suggestion or autocorrection made by a spellchecker.

In the beginning autocorrect was primarily a smart spellchecker. If you typed “bfeore,” it replaced it with “before.” Then in 2007, Microsoft introduced the “contextual speller” (also known as Grammar Checker) for Office, and squiggly green lines began appearing in our Word Docs. Those green lines signified a problem between words not with just one word. So, if the verb of your sentence was not correctly conjugated for the subject, it would suggest a replacement. As in, “I leaves the office at 5” would be corrected to say “I leave the office at 5.” It could also correct words that were next to each other. For example, if you typed “shew ent,” it replaced it with “she went.” (If you have questions about autocorrect in Microsoft Word, learn more here.)

Google Docs has taken a slightly different approach. In addition to offering spellcheck suggestions, it allows you to customize autocorrect, so that you can program abbreviations that you use often. You can instruct it to always replace NY with “New York” for example.

In the past two years smart phones have transformed (and some would say mangled) the English language with their autocorrect suggestions. They now suggest and automatically replace words as you type them. As you may have experienced, this can lead to some very serious miscommunication. (You can find numerous examples at the blog, Damn You, Autocorrect.) Smart phone autocorrect works a little differently than the traditional tools in a word processor. Because smart phone keyboards are so tiny and close together, autocorrect suggests alternative words that contain letters near the letters in the misspelled word. This means the range of error is much larger than with traditional autocorrect which is relying primarily on a dictionary and grammatical algorithms, rather than on letter proximity. Maybe this all means that we should read our e-mails and text messages ourselves before hitting send.

How do you technically describe what autocorrect does? Metathesis is the changing of one letter or sound for another letter or sound. Anatypsis is the insertion of a vowel in the middle of a word, more broadly called epenthesis. A paragoge is an addition of a sound at the end of a word, rather than the middle. So if you make an embarrassing autocorrect error, maybe using these terms to describe what happened will help you save face.

Do you have any stories about autocorrect incorrectly changing your words?

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Minister Dr. Bhattarai was admitted in the hospital at 9 a.m. Tuesday after complaints of stomach pain.

He underwent laparoscopic-surgery (surgery procedure to remove biliary stones) for over one-hour to remove stones from his gall-bladder. Doctors said that Dr. Bhattarai will stay in the hospital till Wednesday evening. A team of surgeons led by Dr. Mahesh Prasad Khakurel had carried out the operation.

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Zelnik suing Bidermann, company over discharge.(Michel Zelnik, former president and CEO of Bidermann Industries U.S.A. Inc.) here gold toe socks

Daily News Record June 20, 1995 | Siegel, Jeff NEW YORK (FNS) – Michael Zelnik, the recently deposed president and CEO of Bidermann Industries U.S.A., Inc., has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the apparel company and Maurice Bidermann for allegedly firing him without “serious cause” and for injuring his business reputation.

In a complaint filed in Manhattan State Supreme Court, Zelnik contends he was the victim of a “willful and malicious” smear campaign by Maurice Bidermann before and after he was fired on June 5.

[Marsal running Bidermann Industries; Maurice back in Paris, Page 10] Zelnik refused to comment on his surprise termination when contacted by DNR the day he and the company parted ways. But the former executive pulls no punches in accusing his former boss of orchestrating his firing and attempting to destroy his professional credentials.

Zelnik charges that Bidermann’s smear tactics against him began as early as 1989, when Bidermann allegedly questioned Zelnik’s loyalty in a conversation with a reporter.

The suit states that Bidermann continued to malign Zelnik by “telling representatives of banks and other creditors, falsely, that Zelnik was responsible for the deterioration of the company’s financial condition …” Zelnik contends Bidermann has continued to vilify him in talks with representatives of banks and potential purchasers of the company “up to the date of this complaint” (June 16).

Furthermore, Zelnik charged in the complaint, Bidermann told the media that Zelnik left the company of his own accord when, in reality, “it was Bidermann who, with others, caused Zelnik’s discharge without notice.” By asserting that Zelnik left on his own, Bidermann gave the business community the impression that Zelnik “recklessly abandoned his professional responsibilities without regard to the consequences to the company,” Zelnik charged.

Zelnik said the statements to the press were “undertaken willfully and maliciously with the intent to damage Zelnik’s good name, reputation and character as an executive in the business community.” He said he has suffered “great pain and mental anguish” as a result of Bidermann’s statements, and he is asking for $4 million for Bidermann’s “false and defamatory words” and $2 million in punitive damages. site gold toe socks

As reported, Zelnik was replaced by Bryan Marsal, manager of turnaround specialist Alvarez & Marsal. Marsal, who is not named as a defendant in the suit, allegedly told Zelnik that Bidermann’s board, together with the company’s banks, had decided to oust Zelnik over Marsal’s objections.

In addition to those damages, Zelnik is asking for at least $4 million in compensatory damages relating to unpaid salary and bonuses.

Under his employment contract, Zelnik is to be paid two times his annual $750,000 salary and $300,000 bonus, or $2.1 million, if he is fired without cause. Zelnik said he is also owed $1.9 million for his work in selling off Bidermann’s Great American Knitting Mills operation for a reported 80 million.

Zelnik said the official reason given for his termination was “gross misconduct in connection with the business of the company and material breach of the employment agreement.” But he notes that no one from the company – which holds the licenses for Arrow Shirts, Gold Toe socks, Yves Saint Laurent men’s wear and Ralph Lauren Womenswear – has informed him of how he engaged in gross misconduct, nor in what way he was in material breach of his contract.

Maurice Bidermann and Bidermann Industries also failed to deliver to Zelnik a “demand for substantial performance that specifically identifies the manner in which the company believes the employee has not substantially performed his duties,” Zelnik alleges in the complaint.

Neither Maurice Bidermann nor his attorney returned calls Monday seeking comment on the suit.

Siegel, Jeff

76 Comments

  1. Sarah -  April 15, 2014 - 2:17 am

    I find Autocorrect very irritating it always gets in the way

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  2. bela -  January 30, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    I AM BELA i want to give thanks and i will always give thanks to DR.OTUKPU who brought back my love that has left me for 6years within 48hours, i have said about this last week but i promised to always tell people about this every week end so that those that did not read about it last week will read about it this week, i have been looking for how to get this boy back to my life because i love this boy with the whole of my heart, i could not replace him with any body,one day i was watching my television when i saw a lady giving thanks to DR.OTUKPU and telling the world how he helped her i was so shocked i could not believe it because i never taught that there are powers that can bring back lost love, then that was how i decided to contact him too because i do really need my love back,when i contacted him i told him everything and he told me not to worry that my love will surely be back to my arms within 48hours at first i could not believe because i was thinking how could somebody that has gone for 6years come back within 48 hours,so then i decided to watch and see,unbelievable within the next 48hours i got a call from unknown number so i decided to pick the call the next thing i could hear was my loves voice he was pleading and begging me on the phone that i should forgive him that i should forget all that have happened that he did not know what came over him,he promised not to leave for any reason, that he was really sorry for what he did,i was so surprised because i never believed that this could happen,so that was how i accepted his apology and the next morning he came to my house and still pleading for me to forgive him i told him that everything is okay that i have forgiven him, that was how we started again and now we are married, i promised to say this testimony in radio station, commenting this testimony is still okay but before this month runs out i promise to say this in radio station and i will,sir thank you very much.World please am begging you people to try and thank this man for me,or if you need his help here is his email address:drotukpuspellhome@gmail.com

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  3. Kayla -  January 18, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    lets see auto correction help us when we texting cause let be real a majority of us have auto-correction on our electronic devices and if you don’t no wonder it took me 50mins to read your comment..
    Do we need auto correction ?
    yes indeed we do without it prepare for billions of people not spelling things right and sounding stupid when texting…….. but yeah we need auto-correction so thats all ;)

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  4. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 2, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Okay, I have another autocorrect story that happened just this morning. I was working on a project for writing class and I was retelling the fable of the Fox and the Crow (the one where the fox flatters the crow to make her sing and drop the cheese she’s holding). I wrote in a quote from the fox, “Let me just hear one song, that I may know you are the queen of all birds.” The ever-annoying grammar checker underlined the word “are.” When I clicked on it, it told me to change it to “is”! Some grammar checker! “You is the queen of all birds”?? Sounds like something the BFG would say. :P

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  5. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 31, 2013 - 5:21 am

    Can someone please tell some funny Microsoft (oops, nearly typed “Minecraft” lol) Word autocorrects? ‘Cause I don’t have an iPhone and my version of MW (great. First I type MC; MC = abbr. for Minecraft. Silly me! And then I type M@) doesn’t have any silly autocorrects. Maybe when my mom discovers strange autocorrects on her new Samsung Galaxy S4, I’ll tell them to everybody.

    @Katleho:
    Maybe you are the one who no longer remembers how to spell words. Unless English isn’t your first language.

    @Dictionary.com blog:
    Yes! Caught you in the act! You wrote “slight” instead of “slightly” in the 3rd paragraph. And, as a matter of fact, you can add to the autocorrect in Microsoft Word. (Phew! I finally made it through typing that without messing up. :) )

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  6. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 31, 2013 - 4:42 am

    =)) (my email’s emoticon for laughing)

    Wow, this is hilarious. I mostly ignore spell checker because I like to write novels about animals such as wolves and Warrior cats. I don’t want to take the time to add all my Warriors’ names to Microsoft Word’s dictionary (hey, I just typed “Wrod” and it changed to “Word.” Thanks, spell check!). Some of my wolves have real words for names, like Twilight or Ebony. Others have names like “Pine Needles,” “Rushing Wind,” or “Rising Mist.” This presents grammar-check problems–I write things like “Pine Needles was doing such-and-such” and it tells me to change it to “Pine Needles were doing such-and-such.” A lot of times, I write a sentence with unusual word order, and it says “Fragment. Consider revising” when it’s not a fragment at all! Grammar checker usually has no idea when I’m actually using incorrect grammar.

    And now for a funny spell-check story: I was once playing with my spell-check and I told it to change “clip-clop” to “bumblebubby,” figuring that I would never use “clip-clop” anyway. Well, eventually I forgot all about it. Then one day I was writing a story with horses in it and I typed something about the “clip-clop of the horses’ hooves.” To my surprise, it instantly changed to the “bumblebubby of the horses’ hooves”! You can bet I laughed about that and then told spell-check to stop correcting “clip-clop.” (I’m not sure if that story counts, since the autocorrect was my own fault.)

    Another funny autocorrect story: My piano teacher/good friend was showing me a voice recording app on her iPhone. You could adjust the recordings to make them sound different ways. So, I made it start recording and bellowed “I am Humungosaur!!” Then I made the recording have a really deep, slow voice. When I saved the recording, I called it “Humungosaur.” Later I found out that the iPhone’s autocorrect had changed the title to “Humungous air”! :)

    Sorry for the length, I just wanted to tell my two stories. Happy New Year! Minecrafters forever!

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  7. leoperidot -  December 30, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    AutoCorrect:
    AutoCorrect can be useful—when it doesn’t correct automatically. (I know, undermining the whole point, right?) But really, if I’m typing something on my iPod and I type it the way it really is spelled, and AutoCorrect replaces it with something totally different, I get really annoyed. I’ve probably typed some more by the time I notice it’s been replaced, and I have to delete all the way back to the word and retype it. It gets really annoying, especially when I retype the word (spelled correctly) again, and it replaces it AGAIN. Once I tried four times before it realized that was actually the word I wanted.

    Grammar Checker:
    Oh, you little green squiggly line. You are even more annoying than AutoCorrect. Trust me, I know correct grammar. I can use it. I know that there is a difference between ‘lay’ and ‘lie’ and that ‘shouldn’t of’ is a grammar travesty. But when I type a sentence fragment; a sentence beginning with ‘but’, ‘and’, ‘or’, or ‘however’; or a sentence with freaking passive voice, I don’t need you on my case! Passive voice, just so you know, Grammar Checker, is perfectly grammatical. Whether or not my writing is as ‘exciting’ as you think it should be is really not of your concern. I use active voice most of the time, but when I say something like ‘The pencils were handed out by Eduardo’ it’s freaking out that I used passive voice. Really, Grammar Checker?

    Spell Check:
    Love/hate relationship here. Spell Check is a lifesaver because it points out mistakes like ‘becuase’ for because, ‘shouldn;t’ for shouldn’t, ‘clikc’ for click, ‘chhestnut’ for chestnut, and ‘speall’ for spell (I make that mistake more often than I should *blushes*) that I make when I’m not totally paying attention to what I write. But oh gosh, Spell Check, must you really think I spelled MY OWN NAME wrong?? My last name (which is very long) is, without fail, underlined in a red squiggle. No matter how many times I click Add To Dictionary. No matter how many times I click Ignore. Without fail, it insists I spelled my own name wrong. Spell Check, I’m not that much of an ignoramus.

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  8. xristos ziros -  May 13, 2013 - 12:13 am

    Although in my case, the program seldom changes words, it is, of late, red-underlining far too many words that have nothing wrong with them–neither in usage nor in spelling. What the hell is going on?????????

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  10. asking questions -  April 9, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    I was wondering if you ever considered changing the structure of your blog?

    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of
    content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

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  11. pravin -  October 12, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    *from

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  12. pravin -  October 12, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    i came back fron california last week only…
    is this grammatically correct?

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  13. Philip Spencer -  July 28, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    I frequently use both English and Spanish, and my computer regularly changes what I write in English into Spanish. Unfortunately, that is not my intention, so I have to type it twice.

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  14. luis bright -  May 24, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    What a beautiful and amazing testimony!!!
    My name is Mr Luis Bright,i live in mexico,and I’m happily married with a lovely wife and three children.I had a very big problem with my wife few weeks ago,to the extent that she even stayed away from me and my kids for some times,and i tried all my possible best and effort to bring her back,but all to no avail.i discussed it with a very good friend of mine,and he gave me an advice concerning spell,and i quote.
    “There’s someone who can handle your situation,he’s always ready and able to do anything related to spell,i will like you to contact him with his email,which is as follows.[allthingspossiblespell@Gmail.com] I never believed,he convinced me and i had no choice than to follow his advice,because i never dreamt of loosing my wife.And that’s how i contacted him with his email and i discussed with him and so surprisingly,he told me that I’ll get my wife back that same day.so i never believed,until when i got home,not up to an hour later,my wife called me to inform me that she was coming…..So Amazing!! That’s how i got my wife back and our relationship was now stronger than how it were before.
    One of the price i was asked to pay was to tell it to people around me that problems like this,can always be solved by[allthingspossiblespell@Gmail.com] So!! my advice for you now is to visit this same website if you are in any condition related to love issue or relationship,to have a happy family.
    THANKS……

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  15. JOHN -  May 9, 2012 - 7:28 am

    My Name is JOHN.I will love to share my testimony to all the people in the forum cos i never thought i will have my girlfriend back and she means so much to me..The girl i want to get marry to left me 4 weeks to our weeding for another man..,When i called her she never picked my calls,She deleted me on her facebook and she changed her facebook status from married to Single…when i went to her to her place of work she told her boss she never want to see me..i lost my job as a result of this cos i cant get myself anymore,my life was upside down and everything did not go smooth with my life…I tried all i could do to have her back to all did not work out until i met a Man when i Travel to Africa to execute some business have been developing some years back..I told him my problem and all have passed through in getting her back and how i lost my job…he told me he gonna help me…i don’t believe that in the first place.but he swore he will help me out and he told me the reason why my girlfriend left me and also told me some
    hidden secrets.i was amazed when i heard that from him..he said he will cast a spell for me and i will see the results in the next couple of days..then i travel back to US the following day and i called him when i got home and he said he’s busy casting those spells and he has bought all the materials needed for the spells,he said am gonna see positive results in the next 2 days that is Thursday…My girlfriend called me at exactly 12:35pm on Thursday and apologies for all she had done ..she said,she never knew what she’s doing and her sudden behavior was not intentional and she promised not to do that again.it was like am dreaming when i heard that from her and when we ended the call,i called the man and told him my wife called and he said i haven’t seen anything yet… he said i will also get my job back in 3 days time..and when its Sunday,they called me at my place of work that i should resume working on Monday and they gonna compensate me for the time limit have spent at home without working..My life is back into shape,i have my girlfriend back and we are happily married now with kids and i have my job back too.This man is really powerful..if we have up to 20 people like him in the world,the world would have been a better place..he has also helped many of my friends to solve many problems and they are all happy now..Am posting this to the forum for anybody that is interested in meeting the man for help.you can mail him to templeoflove1@gmail.com i cant give out his number cos he told me he don’t want to be disturbed by many people across the world..he said his email is okay and he’ will replied to any emails asap..hope he helped u out too..good

    luck

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  16. beinr -  May 9, 2012 - 7:02 am

    I hope to publish my message! I want to testify the world how authentic this caster is. I can say from his 1st message that I felt much more confident with him than with any other caster. It s obvious that he is not here only for money but truly to help people. I thank God I chose him to cast a spell for me. When I read all the bad reports about so many casters I was freaking out to send him so much money but now I don t regret it a second! Henry gave me a phone call only 3 days after I finished the ceremony. Honestly, I wasn t thinking it would have been so fast. I didn t even recognize his voice, it was such a long time I talked to him for the last time! Only 1 week after the end of the spell we met up and we made love all night at his place. It was fantastic and emotionally it was even better than our very first date! Everything happened as he promised and I thank him for accspelltemple@gmail.com sincerity. Much love. Valerie, Pretoria

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  17. Robert -  March 19, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    The ‘Grammar Check’ would be more useful if it had been designed by people who actually understand English grammar. Here are two examples:

    If I type, “The book was given to me by John”, the grammar check objects – “Passive voice. Consider revising”. Perhaps I like to live dangerously, but there’s nothing wrong at all with using the passive form of verbs. I don’t need to consider revising what I have written. Like Pontius Pilate, what I have written, I have written.

    If I type, “Whenever the grammar check annoyed him, he wanted to forcefully punch the screen” the grammar check objects – “Split infinitive. Consider revising”. Perhaps I like things to be frangible, so I’m not going to to consider revising what I have written. If the grammar check doesn’t realize the so-called split infinitive rule to be absolute nonsense * then there’s no hope for it.

    Its main use really seems to be showing where you’ve added a second comma accidentally.

    * The so-called split infinitive rule was made up by numbskull classicist gramarians who said you can’t split an infinitive in English because you can’t split one in Greek or Latin. Of couse, it’s impossible in Greek or Latin as their infinitives are only one word. In English our infinitives are two-worded ones, so you can put a word in between, or not as you decide sounds better. “To boldly go” and “to go boldly” are both as good as each other. Indeed some split infinitives have slightly different meanings from their unsplit counterparts.

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  18. Robert -  March 19, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    @ Amit:

    The Oxford English Dictionary prefers -ize to -ise (except for those words that have to be spelt with -ise, such as circumcise, excise etc. It’s weird how -ize is considered somehow American. In 1611 what is often called the King James Bible was first published in England. It is one of the great influences on the English language. Its title page declares that it is ‘authorized’ to be read in churches … not ‘authorised’.

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  19. Clancy -  March 19, 2012 - 10:55 am

    You know, OpenOffice has a add-on that suggests words based on what you start typing.
    Say the word “triskadekaphobia” is in the suggest dictionary. (That means fear of 13. It was just a random big word.) You type the first few letters and hit enter when a popup shows the word. Pretty useful, and shaves off lots of time for you big-word guys!

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  20. Jon -  March 18, 2012 - 11:05 am

    I think auto-correct is very useful and helpful if you’re paying attention, and if you use the most common form of English. You can always refuse a given word replacement. Not having to type capital “I” and not having to finish typing every longer word is a really nice service. It’s not hard to refuse an incorrect “correction”. It’s only if you don’t pay attention that it can lead to terrible errors. But why would you blame auto-correct for the errors? I can see complaining that it doesn’t fit with your language, but otherwise I think you’re just complaining for the sake of complaining.

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  21. Hamachisn't -  March 16, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    Some versions of Microsoft Word have a particularly inappropriate correction for “unable to follow directions”.

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  22. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    i came here to talk to new people lol :)

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  23. :) -  January 21, 2012 - 11:02 am

    You could just turn off the autocorrect on your phone (or on your iPhone at least). I like it when I’m texting since it puts the apostrophe in contractions and types out “u” and capitalizes “i”.

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  24. Jeanna -  January 10, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    @tomsboat- the green lines means that there are grammar errors, which isn’t really spellcheck so much as “Spelling and Grammar Check.” For example,, in a word document, the two commas there would be underlined in green.

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  25. tomsboat -  January 8, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    Sometimes there are green lines in the word doc., but I can’t find any problems.

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  26. Brian Mattson -  January 8, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    What happened to the good old compound word? Autocorrect became auto correct. Other examples include touch down, web site, play ground, other wise, well being. The list goes on. Is this just autocorrect run amok? Help me here, please.

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  28. Jeanna -  January 5, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    I want to share another problem with autocorrect or spellchecker and the dictionaries included in Word: if you, like me, are taking a language that is dead (Latin is my dead language), I don’t think the dictionaries have these languages. If they do, I’d like to know this.
    And autocorrect is horror for translating; venenum, which means poison or venom, becomes venue!

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  29. Anatak -  January 5, 2012 - 7:05 am

    @DEMACIA!!!!! if he did not come here to comment then he would have just comment somewhere else & would have futher shown his incompentence and utter ignorance. as the saying goes
    “Ignorance is Bliss”

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  30. DEMACIA!!!!! -  January 4, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    @****er. If you didn’t come here to learn new words, like ‘lekane’, what did you come here for?

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  31. DEMACIA!!!!! -  January 4, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    @ Sergio: you appear not to have used autocorrect either, as you said yor instead of your. Touche Touche.

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  32. Vicaari -  January 4, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    Exactly as Amit mentioned learning British style English words that end w/ S becoming Z according to Americanized autocorrect brain taking over; generating frustration as well as losing fun, perhaps.

    Then Jeanna advises of changing. That’s nice to know….

    Thank you, however, for the informative article enjoyed reading it.

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  33. Socrates -  January 3, 2012 - 10:50 pm

    Language and laughter is what separates the human species from the rest of the animal kingdom. We should learn to cherish them both and use them properly. It’s what makes us humans. A beautiful (spoken and written) language is a decorum that makes people take notice wherever you are. Conversely, poor language suggests a sleight of brain power which doesn’t go unnoticed either.

    Make language your passion and hobby early-on, instead of a chore, and it will brighten up your thoughts and your life. Remember Steve Martin joking: “My writing really brightened up, once I started using verbs.”

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  34. ginny -  January 3, 2012 - 8:04 pm

    I reccommend the book Irregardless: Ain’t a Word. (It irks me that I cannot underline or Italicize in this post) It’s a book about common grammer and spelling mistakes, and it talks about ones that Autocorrect doesn’t catch, like their, they’re and there.

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  35. zach -  January 3, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    once i mistyped ‘analyst’ and autocorrect suggested ‘anal cyst’. i laughted somewhat too loud at my cubicle which was a bit uncomfortable but really funny nonetheless.

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  36. Jeanna -  January 3, 2012 - 11:26 am

    @ Amit- on most forms of Word that I’ve used (Microsoft or whatever else), I can change the dictionary to any language. I don’t, because I’m a Yank, but you can change it to UK English (the CORRECT form of English).

    Now for my own statement: I personally do not use an iPhone, but neither have I had a perfect autocorrect or spellchecker. I remember a time, a few months ago, I was using a computer at the public library, and almost every single word I typed was “incorrect,” and had the red underlining. Suffice to say, this vexed me in a way few other things do- especially because I hardly, if ever, use incorrect spelling or grammar ON PURPOSE, and even more rarely do not “autocorrect” the work myself.
    But you know what annoys me even more? People who complain about spellchecker and autocorrect who actually need it. That seems almost… hypocritical.

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  37. J.J.Rousseau -  January 3, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Flip, Flop and Fly, Oui. LT says thank you Hot Words and we hope to show you why. Woof.

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  38. Jason -  January 3, 2012 - 10:19 am

    I once tried to text a colleague that I was still in the office, and auto correct changed it to, “I am still in the orgy.” Damn you, autocorrect.

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  39. grace -  January 3, 2012 - 9:43 am

    Autocorrect “helped ” me when I typed in that I was bringing Carne Asada, and it “auto corrected” to “Carnegie Asses”

    iphone. It does make for some hilarity….and a real need to proof read.

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  40. Frank -  January 3, 2012 - 8:59 am

    My biggest problem with autocorrect is that as an anglophone Canadian, I do not have the choice of a Canadian English keyboard or spell check like I do in Word. So I have to use a UK keyboard to avoid US spellings. But Canadian spelling is a mixture UK & US.

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  41. Elise E. -  January 3, 2012 - 8:35 am

    I do love the autocorrect, but I’ve gotten a little spoiled with it. I’m not the best speller, and for whatever reason I always type ‘F’ for ‘R’ and ‘R’ for ‘F’. So I have to go back and read over when I type, but not as much when I write.

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  42. Sergio Macías -  January 3, 2012 - 1:36 am

    You haven’t used autocorrection in yor article. You write “anatypsis”, but it’s anaptyxis. Touché.

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  43. Katleho -  January 3, 2012 - 12:27 am

    The last phrase says :Your mind captures every word you say.

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  44. Cody -  January 3, 2012 - 12:26 am

    Had it not been for Autocorrect, I would never have been able to use my iPhone for the first year and a half. I am now used to the small spaces, but it still helps to keep the function on, especially when intoxicated…I tend to misspell much more frequently then. Regardless, I find Autocorrect to be flawed in ways (swearing and offensive language is not recognized, nor can we teach the phone a new word), but nonetheless useful.

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  45. Katleho -  January 3, 2012 - 12:24 am

    Autorcorrect its very helpful towards spelling words,giving you the idea how to pronouns words nd,how you understand the tone.Its good to spell the whole word like “that” than “tht” because it might happen that you no longer know how to spell words correctly.Your captures every word you say.

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  46. Hannah -  January 3, 2012 - 12:01 am

    I don’t know about auto-correct on I phones/smartphones etc. but I love spell-check! It only tell me when I spell a word wrong and I can ignore it if I want. (If it is an uncommon word or if its a name borrowed from another language or something…)

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  47. A STATE OF TRANCE 550 -  January 2, 2012 - 11:50 pm

    using auto correct on iPad; write ” I go home” and will become “I go bone” :-D

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  48. poketman2 -  January 2, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    AWESOME!!!! Many just took this stuff for granted!!!!

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  49. York Lumsey -  January 2, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    I have an even sadder, more desperately painful history….. I learned English in school during the late 50s & early 60s when they actually taught you how to spell, use proper grammar and punctuate correctly. Such a terrible thing forever prevented me from trusting autocorrect, which often suggests some rather mundane or otherwise entirely inappropriate words when I am using perfectly good English.
    Basically, if you have to trust autocorrect, mistakes are already getting past you… especially for those of you who don’t know the difference between “than” and “then”, or “there”, “their” and “they’re”, or even “your”, “you’re” and “yore”. People are always mistaking one for the other, not realizing how much they’re changing the meaning of their sentences; sometimes laughably so.
    And they never know how many folks are laughing at them, instead of sympathizing with their cause, or whatever.

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  50. bholland -  January 2, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    There’s obviously no autocorrection going on in this forum.

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  51. yayRayShell -  January 2, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    I remember one type I was typing a name likeTuut or something and the computer turned it into tutu.

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  52. DEMACIA!!!!! -  January 2, 2012 - 11:59 am

    Autocorrect on the iPhone is broken. It replaced the word ‘heroes’ with ‘herpes’. DAMN YOU AUTOCORRECT!

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  53. calvin -  January 2, 2012 - 11:43 am

    as a less than perfect typist i love spellcheck for catching my typos. it’s also saves me time spent double checking the spelling of complicated, seldom used words. auto or grammar correct i don’t use. i would enjoy a function similar to the accelerators in internet explorer that allow a quick search of any highlighted word or phrase from a list of my preferred search engines. so many of the online dictionaries have such dumbed-down definitions that most nuance is lost. unfortunately loss of nuance is not just confined to online dictionaries. it is a problem that has become endemic in the us.

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  54. Kevin -  January 2, 2012 - 11:09 am

    I agree…when I use two language I would prefer to turn it off because it corrects words into something else when we actually mean what we typed. It also gets annoying in times even when you are typing engilish.

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  55. Chris -  January 2, 2012 - 10:55 am

    LOL… that autocorrect.com is pretty darn funny. You WILL notice though that most (all the ones I saw) examples are from iPhone. My hub has an iPhone and just turned it off. Android phones (which I have) have a much much better one. It still has its blunders, but their algorithm is eons ahead of others’ I’ve used. It makes typing really easy because you just keep typing and 9x out of 10 it chooses the right word for commonly used ones.

    Just saying that I think they are getting better at the programming. Which may or may not be a good thing for comedic value alone! :-)

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  56. George Adams -  January 2, 2012 - 9:11 am

    Using two languages, I got so frustrated with my autocorrect feature that I turned it off!

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  57. AUTOCORRECT | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  January 2, 2012 - 8:13 am

    [...] ‘Autocorrect’ — Politically — The Driving test should be taken annually — Merging and Surging Wit no Respect — Burn the clutch when shifting manually. — ‘Metathesis’ is what happens to Cancer — ‘Anatypsis’ means she’s drunk again. — ‘Epenthesis’ is a plagiarized Paper. — ‘Paragoge’ a dumpling filled with potato — and sauerkraut now and then. — We’re not suggesting silliness though — Spell check dismissed several words. — Communication Take Down. — At least that’s what Oui’s Herds. –>>L.T.Rhyme [...]

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  58. Storm -  January 2, 2012 - 7:43 am

    I spite of autocorrect everywhere you look, the internet is a grammatical nightmare of epic proportions. Illiteracy almost seems a life goal for some people. Now, if someone could come up with an IQcorrect…

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  59. Logan -  January 2, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Yep. I typed the word “lekane” and it replaced the word with “alkaline.” Of course, most people in this world don’t know what lekane means. Lekane is a covered pottery vessel in the form of a tureen, with two handles, sometimes used as a basket or box.

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  60. Nshera -  January 2, 2012 - 7:39 am

    Well every time I type my name, it puts Baggies instead! REALLY! So now, I had to automatically put my name in the dictionary just for it to stop doing that! My name MEANS “Blessing” in Twi, my language. NOT BAGGIES!!!!!!!!!!! :( >:( :@ :X!

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  61. Kim -  January 2, 2012 - 6:44 am

    Actually, MS Word is just as customizable as Google Docs is. You can set it so that any phrase you wish is replaced by another, like the New York for NY in the example given.

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  62. Jessica -  January 2, 2012 - 6:42 am

    i think we should; it might help kids. i know this was a short comment. bye.

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  63. [-] -  January 2, 2012 - 6:20 am

    first

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  64. Raj -  January 2, 2012 - 5:34 am

    How do we autocorrect while chatting ?

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  65. Saurav -  January 2, 2012 - 1:11 am

    Agreed with the points put up here. I myself started using a smartphone recently and I am very much impressed by the autocorrect option presented by it. Ofcourse sometimes it causes incorrect words to be sent by rechecking is our duty, isn’t it.

    Soon the Speech to Text will require a totally new type of AutoCorrect algorithm.

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  66. smoothius -  January 1, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    happy new year hotword, looking forward to many more interesting word based threads this year. and happy new year to all of you reading this message:)

    oh, and autocorrect can be either very helpful or hilariously innappropriate, so ya better check that text before you hit send:)

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  67. Amit -  January 1, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    Absolutely correct – this damned Auto Correct – at times I feel that this is trying to influence the way I speak. Moreover I have another issue with it. In our country, we normally learn english on the line of British grammar and spelling, whenever I write authorise, traumatise, or legalise – they all are replaced by authorize, traumatize, or legalize!!
    What nonsense! A proper auto-correct should have both the styles in its record. Don’t you think so?

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  68. John Westbrook -  January 1, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    I think that auto-correct shouldn’t be necessary all of the time. Though, it is useful for those to lazy for writing whole words. I always try to spell a word correctly without use of a (I of course meant “the”) suggested word. The suggested word does help me learn how to spell some words that I know how to say. I really don’t like the grammar correction. And I have a problem when I type a long word, then it suggests a shorter one based on the first letters typed (which is ENTIRELY the wrong word according to my word choice. People need to become more focused on acquisition of more proper spelling & grammar skills than most are now. Then no one would be dependent on assistance, namely from the future masters of the robot apocalypse.

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  69. Peter McLean -  January 1, 2012 - 7:36 pm

    Perhaps you would have benefited from using autocorrect yourself. In the third paragraph, you should have written “slightly” instead of “slight”. lol

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  70. virat -  January 1, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Haha,,Damn this auto correct there are many weird instances…

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