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why are there more and more seemingly incorrect words showing up in posts?

 
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Does this have to do with 'auto correct' or 'spell check' rather than creative license?  

I've noticed this more often over the past year or so.

It doesn't seem like just an accidental misspelled word here and there...it's whole seemingly incorrect/inappropriate words placed in sentences.

It makes for interesting reading sometimes trying to guess what was intended

I'm wondering if it's become a phenomenon mainly with posts made from that tiny smart phone screen rather than a pc, so it's hard to go back and check for word use and spelling?

curious....




 
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An astonishing number of people are using the voice assistants on their phones and kitchen counters as their primary interface these days.

“Siri, post ‘I need a lemonade recipe’.”

“OK you functional illiterate, posting “I knead a grim grenade receipt” now.”

“Close enough, thank you Siri.”
 
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hahaha...I suppose I'll get used to it as I don't see an end in sight?

It is one of the early signs of Alzheimer's though, substituting words.....
 
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I am the kind of fossil who turns off autocorrect; I can usually see my thumbos, but not the wrong words substituted for them.

But there’s also a fiendish anti-technology  called predictive text, that guesses your intended word or even phrase from past thumbing patterns and initial letters and displays an array of word choices on a bar by your thumbboard to choose from with a press. It’s very easy to thumb the wrong word that way and not notice. May also contribute to what you are seeing.

I, stubborn old fossil that I am, have this “service” off to, mostly because I carry a small-format smartphone and can’t afford the screen real estate it takes up.
 
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I think it's auto-correct/spell check. But even if auto-correct is to blame, it's not technology's fault entirely. My brother sends me text messages that are occasionally quite entertaining as auto correct commandeers the input and inserts ridiculous words in place of what he's trying to say. I say it's not technologies fault as my brother doesn't go back and proof read what he's typed to correct auto-correct.
 
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Yup — but it’s actually much harder to see incorrect words than wrong letters in words, at least for me.
 
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My husband's smartphone bleeped mysteriously at him once, so he went over and asked his electronic personal assistant about it.

"Was it you that made that bleep?"

"Wow, thanks for keeping the conversation classy..." she responded sarcastically.

We checked to see what she thought he'd said.

"Was it you that made my butt bleed?"

She has a mind like a sewer, that assistant.  I dread to think what she'd post if I told her stuff out loud.
 
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I didn't know there were 'personal assistants'...how helpful  

I can make a mess of a sentence all on my own just in trying to be clear on a thought...I don't think I could deal with 'auto correct' or misunderstood voice communication...it happens often enough just naturally and that would take it to a whole new level beyond my patience.

We do have an Alexa though...gifted to us, not sought after.  I use 'her' for a kitchen timer and pandora radio while cooking.

Our grandson loves to ask her questions until she has a meltdown.....
 
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Is it possible to arrange phones and speakers in such a way that 'Siri' can get into an argument with 'Cortana'?  I would like to see the outcome of that!....
 
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John Weiland wrote:Is it possible to arrange phones and speakers in such a way that 'Siri' can get into an argument with 'Cortana'?  I would like to see the outcome of that!....



I've heard of something similar happening but with two Alexas...ours has jumped into a human conversation when she thought she heard her name...things are getting stranger and stranger.  

I do have Cortana here on this pc...I've never set it up to use though.  I'm already made uneasy by ads popping up about something I'm sure we have only talked about, never typed into the computer.....
 
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I have been fighting spell check for years as it seems to have a hatred of the letter U :-)
Plus as someone dyslexic in two languages mistakes do happen

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I don't dread autocorrect much, but live in constant fear of my own potential "oops" moments.  I find myself typing, here and elsewhere, the words "duck" and "ducks" quite often.  Turns out this is rather dangerous, on a small-screened phone at least, as on the keyboard the "i" is adjacent to the "u," and the "f" is adjacent to the "d."  A finger tapped just a fraction of an inch too far one direction and the meaning is changed entirely, without spell-check having the slightest clue that anything is wrong.
 
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I have a deep dislike of auto-correct, and get into a fit when I'm typing something, let's say in Friesian, and I notice what comes out is incomprehensible English...
Not much chance auto-correct is going to do me any favours when it doesn't have a clue what language I'm using in the first place, eh?

I guess multilingual people have no choice but to go into the settings of any app they're using and switch off any language 'help'.

And this is probably a reason why non-native users of English seem to have a more correct use of English than native users sometimes, as we need to be more aware of our language use.  

 
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The use and dependence upon technology is already showing the problems of such dependence, store clerks can not figure change, no young person can tell time by the hands on a clock, spell words correctly and on and on and on we go.
What will happen to the youth of today when this summer's sun spot activity hits an all time peak and the electromagnetic surges disrupt all signals? There will be a whole lot of lost people during those events.

Albert E. was very afraid of what state the human race would sink to when it became this dependent upon technology. It appears his fears were well founded.

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