In the August 2014 issue, Wired Magazine has an interesting article about the history of Autocorrect and it’s predecessor, Microsoft’s Spell Check, and the guy who started it all, Dean Hachamovitch. What started out as dictionary lists of commonly misspelled words is now an algorithm driven monster that takes what you are writing and turns it into other stuff that is daffy, funny, or sometimes embarrassingly obscene. Not reviewing the article here, but instead sharing a couple of hilarious websites that have collected the most egregious examples of Autocorrect run amuck.
So – why , when given a world of possible “corrections” does Autocorrect go blue? Evidently, because that is what we do. Autocorrect algorithms look at actual human practice when deciding what word is the correct one. So I guess this means we are potty mouths!
CAUTION: NSFW – if you are easily offended by anatomical, scatological, obscene, or sexual references, then these sites are not for you, but hey, if you have Autocorrect on your smartphone you’ve seen this stuff already. I laughed so hard tears were running down my face. So – at your own risk.Share