Damn You, Auto Correct


I am easily amused. I LOL'd at this website.


  1. Mmm… I don’t get the joke. I guess that those screen caps are from iPhones, but I don’t understand why those people don’t just turn the auto-correct off?

    I’m getting old (or obsolete)

    1. As expected there are people who don’t get it – you do have to have a device that does this to understand (Android phones do this as well – I have a Nexus One).

      Yes, you can turn it off – but when it gets the right word (which is most of the time) it really speeds things up once you get used to it. You get a whole word after just typing a couple of letters.

      I think the angry/anal situation may have resulted from a typo. It shouldn’t default to a word like anal over a more common word like angry. But when you’re typing full speed and not checking the results (as is common with text messages) you might not notice.

      It happens to me fairly frequently as for some reason I use a lot of non-real words. Not words that just aren’t in the dictionary (it’s quite complete), not text speak, just non-real words…

  2. That is the funniest site I’ve seen in a long time. I literally had tears running down my cheeks for one of those. Thank you Xeni!

  3. My favorite iPhone autocorrect story goes as follows. Once upon a time I worked with a fellow who was the lead developer on the iPhone’s e-mail application. He attempted to write a message about Yahoo!. Well, his iPhone thought better of it and promptly suggested that he meant to type Yahoo!. Yeah… it’s not sexual, doesn’t have anything to do with bodily functions, but it got a good chuckle from the folks around the office.

  4. Do you pay for each individual message? I wonder how much money AT&T makes off of people having to correct themselves.

    CONSPIRACY??? probably not

  5. Because of auto-correct (and fat fingers), I have removed the phrase “I am going to pop in the shower” from my vocabulary.

  6. So… what was the original world that got mis-corrected? The spelling dictionary didn’t have “angry” in it?..

  7. He is talking about a iPhone app game called Angry Birds, and he just beat the hard level of Angry Birds.

    That is hilarious.

  8. OMFG Xeni thank you that is hilarious stuff. I had to stop myself at 10 pages so I have something to laugh at later.

    1. This was definitely funnier than it had any right to be. I also had to stop myself at 10 pages. Work to be done! Naah, it’s Friday.

  9. OK, I actually looked at the site, and I think the iPhone autocorrect must be much more aggressive than the stock Android one. It’s trivial to force it to accept your non-dictionary or purposefully misspelled word on Android, which based on some of the examples here isn’t as easy (if possible at all) on the iPhone.

    1. It’s trivial to force it to accept your non-dictionary or purposefully misspelled word on Android, which based on some of the examples here isn’t as easy (if possible at all) on the iPhone.

      It’s trivial on the iPhone too, just tap the suggested word popup before hitting the space and it’ll keep the original typing (and remember it). My phone autocompletes “riii” to “riiight” and “suuu” to “suuuuure”.

  10. This is exactly why I turned auto-correct OFF on my iPhone. I text a total of 3-5 people, I couldn’t risk sending my mom something along the lines of “anal birds”…

  11. Autocorrect wrote “anal birds”, when the dude clearly was bragging about taking his “anal bead” activity to the next level…

  12. MAN, I knew this would eventually be a website. I cannot believe some of the auto-corrects I have gotten! At times I have actually audibly asked my phone while texting things like, “REALLY? REALLY? Do you honestly think I am trying to spell Khaddafi?” SOme of the corrects are the most obscure and arcane words…….

  13. So on old fashioned phones, you could do the predictive text thing where you push the number keys and it tries to guess which word you meant. the words “home” and “good” occupy the same keys, so sending the message “I hope you are home in bed” to a sniffly acquaintance, late at night, can lead to trouble.

  14. Spell checkers are what computers have for a sense of humour. Back when I worked on highway systems we got a list of slogans to display on electronic signs when idle. One slogan was:

    Freeway emergency telephones are there for your convenience and safety

    Unfortunately the spell checker turned convenience into connivance. Fortunately a guy I worked with at the time picked up the mistake.

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