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2012-04-05 09:07:43 AM
Step One: Disable Auto-Correct

/always do this with each new phone
/everyone biatches about auto-correct, but refuses to disable it. I am not sure why.
 
2012-04-05 09:16:34 AM

DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.


Aye ugrea hwith ewe kumpleetlee. Ahbveeuslee, Aye am kumyoonikating purrficktlee buy yewzing mai own spelling radder then sum sort uhv standerdieyezed fashist boolshiat.
 
2012-04-05 09:22:52 AM
www.lolbrary.com
 
2012-04-05 09:26:49 AM
Are you going to type that report to the senior management team in Google? No. You can't depend on auto-correct and spell checkers. A lot of people just naturally suck at spelling. But, you must at least know how to use a dictionary, have a good basic vocabulary and know grammar. Without these basic skills, you may be of above average intelligence and still be perceived as a moron.
 
2012-04-05 09:34:15 AM
"Respond to my boner!!!"

That one could last on the internets
 
2012-04-05 09:36:09 AM
thedoghousediaries.com

/hot
//doghousediaries (new window)
 
2012-04-05 09:36:10 AM
The dumber you get, the more money I make - I'm all for autocomplete.
 
2012-04-05 09:37:03 AM

Uncle Tractor: [thedoghousediaries.com image 640x520]

/hot
//doghousediaries (new window)


I read that last line using Doofenschmirtz's voice.
 
2012-04-05 09:44:19 AM

SCDA Inc: Either way, the more you see the correct spelling of words, your brain learns how it's spelled.

or

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghi t pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!


It helps if you are dsyelicx. Dyslexic of the world untie!
 
2012-04-05 09:50:34 AM

vossiewulf: Stupid autocucumber
auto cucumber
god donut
FUSCHIA!


morning coffee's supposed to go in mouth, not all over monitor
 
2012-04-05 09:56:36 AM
You can literally do something figuratively, but you can't figuratively do something literally.
 
2012-04-05 10:00:28 AM

vossiewulf: Stupid autocucumber
auto cucumber
god donut
FUSCHIA!


I literally LOL'd for several minutes.
 
2012-04-05 10:01:24 AM
Piss piss moan, old people yelling at clouds...
 
2012-04-05 10:03:11 AM

starlost: so if you spend a few seconds after it autocompletes and say 'huh, so that is how you spell mortgage' you have increased your vocabulary. or are people not even bothering to do that? my pet peeve is the word 'sell' in want ads. how the heck can any adult write 'used car for sell'.


Clear tittle, new insectshn sticker.
 
2012-04-05 10:11:38 AM

Mawson of the Antarctic: I'm intrigued and appalled at this. Up until the 1700s or so (ball park figure) spelling wasn't codified into the universally agreed upon forms. Shakespeare, Wyatt, and Milton would all use variants in spelling for the same word, some of them would vary the spelling within the same document!

Some writers argue because different spellings can make a case for different inflections, stresses, and highlighting sound similarities and differences. Which I suppose makes sense. And it does point the way towards language is about communication primarily, precision next.

But Shakespeare playing with language is a far cry from Timmy on his iPhone saying, "heyyyy gurrl, I wanna feelz u."


Don't blame Timmy. A quick Google search says Shakespeare never had an iPhone.

did my ♥ luv til now? 4swear it, site! I neva saw tru beauty til this nite, gurrl.
Romeo and His Ho, Act 1, Scene 5

ur ♥s desires b w/ u gurrl!
That's How U Like It, Gurrl, Act 1, Scene 2
 
2012-04-05 10:16:27 AM

Optimus Primate: Step One: Disable Auto-Correct

/always do this with each new phone
/everyone biatches about auto-correct, but refuses to disable it. I am not sure why.


Because it actually works great if you're not a complete farktard.
 
2012-04-05 10:25:01 AM

Kar98: Optimus Primate: Step One: Disable Auto-Correct

/always do this with each new phone
/everyone biatches about auto-correct, but refuses to disable it. I am not sure why.

Because it actually works great if you're not a complete farktard.


But the farktards are obviously the ones biatching about it (OMG FML), and thus apparently unable to handle it. Thus, I wonder why they don't just disable it. Problem solved.

I liked it for some things, but I am a semi-Farktard when it comes to touchscreen keypads, so I disabled it and found that it was a better experience for me.

I swear a large portion of the autocorrect examples are simple fakes though.
 
2012-04-05 10:28:07 AM

Colour_out_of_Space: DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.

Aye ugrea hwith ewe kumpleetlee. Ahbveeuslee, Aye am kumyoonikating purrficktlee buy yewzing mai own spelling radder then sum sort uhv standerdieyezed fashist boolshiat.


there was a time when there wasn't a standardized spelling regime. some of the greatest literature in mankind's history was written before spelling was regularized

/ makes studying ancient languages pretty retarded, when every single text has a different spelling for the same word.
// that's why it is easier to read it out loud
 
2012-04-05 10:31:24 AM

Optimus Primate: Kar98: Optimus Primate: Step One: Disable Auto-Correct

/always do this with each new phone
/everyone biatches about auto-correct, but refuses to disable it. I am not sure why.

Because it actually works great if you're not a complete farktard.

But the farktards are obviously the ones biatching about it (OMG FML), and thus apparently unable to handle it. Thus, I wonder why they don't just disable it. Problem solved.

I liked it for some things, but I am a semi-Farktard when it comes to touchscreen keypads, so I disabled it and found that it was a better experience for me.

I swear a large portion of the autocorrect examples are simple fakes though.


Yeah, there's sites where you can generate them. Also, the autocorrect function on my iPad with iOS 5.1 is worlds ahead of the one I've got on my iPhone that's stuck at iOS 4.2.1
 
2012-04-05 10:35:46 AM
www.blogcdn.com

www.rothney.com

blog.istorm.ca
 
2012-04-05 10:39:19 AM
Her: What are you doing tonight?
Me: I have no pants.
Her: Sounds fun, I'll be right over.

If only she wasn't married.Tha,t and I had no idea she felt that way. Auto correct the confessor strikes again.
 
2012-04-05 10:40:37 AM
I turned off Autocorrect a long time ago. I can't imagine anyone leaving it on.

Now, spell-check on the PC, on the other hand, is handy.
 
2012-04-05 10:41:37 AM

Nix Nightbird: I turned off Autocorrect a long time ago. I can't imagine anyone leaving it on.

Now, spell-check on the PC, on the other hand, is handy.


The other hand is handy?
 
2012-04-05 10:44:14 AM
Tools are only as good as the person who is using them. This applies to every tool from a simple hammer up to a TI graphing calculator. I have several students in geometry that just yesterday had to figure out an angle by essentially averaging the measure of two arcs (a+b)/2. the two arcs were 20o and 10o so the answer should have been 15o, in fact they should have been able to do it in their heads but no they all grabbed a calculator and half of them came up with 25o. We had a nice discussion about order of operations and how a+b/2 =/= (a+b)/2 and using your head to check for the reasonableness of your answer.
 
2012-04-05 10:51:09 AM

vwarb: The The Impotence of Proofreading. (new window)


EXACTLY describes my every experience typing on my iPad since I got it last Xmas. Even after I turned off all auto-fill-complete-check utilities. (I was a professional language specialist, including proofing, for many years. I'm now officially crazy.)

Thanks for the laff.
 
2012-04-05 10:58:19 AM

DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.


We should probably just move our language to some glyph based writing, that way we just draw pictures of things instead of using letters.
 
2012-04-05 10:59:09 AM

BurnShrike: So many of those autocomplete pictures are obviously fakes.


That doesn't make them any less funny.

/people stared at me the first time I read those
 
2012-04-05 11:04:24 AM

DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.


Make spelling obsolete? Here's a word for you: "ghoti"; now, unless you're familiar with the works of George Bernard Shaw, you have no idea how to pronounce it, or what it means.

"Communication is not the art of making yourself understood. It's the art of making yourself impossible to be misunderstood." - Cicero
 
2012-04-05 11:06:00 AM

LovingTeacher: I have several students in geometry that just yesterday had to figure out an angle by essentially averaging the measure of two arcs (a+b)/2. the two arcs were 20o and 10o so the answer should have been 15o, in fact they should have been able to do it in their heads but no they all grabbed a calculator and half of them came up with 25o. We had a nice discussion about order of operations and how a+b/2 =/= (a+b)/2 and using your head to check for the reasonableness of your answer.


I had a grad school professor that would award negative points to test answers that were not only wrong, but didn't pass a common sense check. It started with a student who was supposed to calculate the mass of a microscopic object and came up with an answer of several metric tons.
 
2012-04-05 11:06:34 AM

puckrock2000: DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.

Make spelling obsolete? Here's a word for you: "ghoti"; now, unless you're familiar with the works of George Bernard Shaw, you have no idea how to pronounce it, or what it means.

"Communication is not the art of making yourself understood. It's the art of making yourself impossible to be misunderstood." - Cicero


"Fish"

The problem with English is that it's an incredibly imprecise language. There are far too many subtleties and meanings to words. It's why people are so often misunderstood on the internet/email/letters.
 
2012-04-05 11:09:55 AM

puckrock2000: DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.

Make spelling obsolete? Here's a word for you: "ghoti"; now, unless you're familiar with the works of George Bernard Shaw, you have no idea how to pronounce it, or what it means.

"Communication is not the art of making yourself understood. It's the art of making yourself impossible to be misunderstood." - Cicero


A few things, Shaw never wrote the word, and it isn't pronounced "fish" because gh is a hard g "ghost" and ti isn't pronounced "sh" at the end of a word.
 
2012-04-05 11:11:53 AM

Mentat: I don't worry about Google autocomplete because I just want the result. Word autocomplete annoys me though. I prefer to get the word correct myself since it's something I'm actually creating.


I don't know you guys live with that shiat, it would drive me crazy to have my machine changing my words. Only if I ask how to spell something.

I also think those autocorrect jokes are spectacularly unfunny, so there's that.
 
2012-04-05 11:15:52 AM

cryinoutloud: Mentat: I don't worry about Google autocomplete because I just want the result. Word autocomplete annoys me though. I prefer to get the word correct myself since it's something I'm actually creating.

I don't know you guys live with that shiat, it would drive me crazy to have my machine changing my words. Only if I ask how to spell something.

I also think those autocorrect jokes are spectacularly unfunny, so there's that.


You sound madison.
 
2012-04-05 11:21:48 AM

Wasilla Hillbilly: You can literally do something figuratively, but you can't figuratively do something literally.


ice skating
 
2012-04-05 11:30:58 AM
Recent autocorrect generations are actually an example of the ability of a technology to outstrip functionability. Older iterations seemed simpler, better, and less prone to be wrong.
 
2012-04-05 11:35:46 AM
Further consideration may lay the blame on the screen keyboard.
 
2012-04-05 11:39:30 AM

BurnShrike: cryinoutloud: Mentat: I don't worry about Google autocomplete because I just want the result. Word autocomplete annoys me though. I prefer to get the word correct myself since it's something I'm actually creating.

I don't know you guys live with that shiat, it would drive me crazy to have my machine changing my words. Only if I ask how to spell something.

I also think those autocorrect jokes are spectacularly unfunny, so there's that.

You sound madison.


Welcome to fart.
 
2012-04-05 11:39:59 AM

Jerkwater:


Something you never see on these type of posts.....full signal bars
 
2012-04-05 11:48:05 AM
Could Web-search algorithms make spelling a lost art? ... To find the latest on Afghanistan, just type "Afg" and select from the options in the drop-down autocomplete menu.

That's a very poor argument. Not too long ago, there was no way to look up something other than through the dictionary or encyclopedia. You didn't have to know how to spell any better for that; you just had to keep flipping pages.
 
2012-04-05 12:38:49 PM

king_nacho: DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.

We should probably just move our language to some glyph based writing, that way we just draw pictures of things instead of using letters.


2.bp.blogspot.com

/hot
 
2012-04-05 12:40:03 PM

StanleyPuff: king_nacho: DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.

We should probably just move our language to some glyph based writing, that way we just draw pictures of things instead of using letters.

2.bp.blogspot.com

/hot


WTF is with the one in the top right? It looks like someone's ass with a cum splatter on it.
 
2012-04-05 12:50:54 PM
No. You know what's gonna be the end. farking "Reply All."

Today, somebody that I sent 5 attachments to sent all 5 of those attachments to me again, so that he could send them to somebody else. I guess he thought I gave a shiat that he was sending to someone else. To someone else who already had them because I had included that person in my email. So he sent all those attachments to everyone I had already sent them to, for no goddam reason.

Yeah, I know, it's a super-cool story.
 
2012-04-05 12:54:31 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: No. You know what's gonna be the end. farking "Reply All."

Today, somebody that I sent 5 attachments to sent all 5 of those attachments to me again, so that he could send them to somebody else. I guess he thought I gave a shiat that he was sending to someone else. To someone else who already had them because I had included that person in my email. So he sent all those attachments to everyone I had already sent them to, for no goddam reason.

Yeah, I know, it's a super-cool story.


Hey, can you return my nude photo I sent you? I need it back to send to someone else. You've had it long enough anyway.
 
2012-04-05 12:55:03 PM
Also, don't you have to hit "Send" or somesuch before you send a text? So what kind of retard doesn't read a message before he/she sends it? Esp. to a boss or their mom?

I realize I answered my own question. I do enjoy the DYAC-worthy farkups, just sayin'. You're stupid if you send messages that you didn't bother to read.
 
2012-04-05 12:56:12 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Also, don't you have to hit "Send" or somesuch before you send a text? So what kind of retard doesn't read a message before he/she sends it? Esp. to a boss or their mom?

I realize I answered my own question. I do enjoy the DYAC-worthy farkups, just sayin'. You're stupid if you send messages that you didn't bother to read.


I dunno. It's quite possible. I've had a number of posts where I didn't read bac
 
2012-04-05 12:57:28 PM
Some are fighting back.

http://twitter.com/stealthmountain
 
2012-04-05 12:58:11 PM

BurnShrike: Smelly Pirate Hooker: No. You know what's gonna be the end. farking "Reply All."

Today, somebody that I sent 5 attachments to sent all 5 of those attachments to me again, so that he could send them to somebody else. I guess he thought I gave a shiat that he was sending to someone else. To someone else who already had them because I had included that person in my email. So he sent all those attachments to everyone I had already sent them to, for no goddam reason.

Yeah, I know, it's a super-cool story.

Hey, can you return my nude photo I sent you? I need it back to send to someone else. You've had it long enough anyway.


I (almost) wish I got nude photos via email. All I get is work, sometimes multiple times.
 
2012-04-05 12:59:38 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I (almost) wish I got nude photos via email. All I get is work, sometimes multiple times.


You're on the internet. How hard can it be to get men to send you nude photos?

I'm not gay, and I've had men send me (unsolicited) nude photos.
 
2012-04-05 01:13:39 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: No. You know what's gonna be the end. farking "Reply All."

Today, somebody that I sent 5 attachments to sent all 5 of those attachments to me again, so that he could send them to somebody else. I guess he thought I gave a shiat that he was sending to someone else. To someone else who already had them because I had included that person in my email. So he sent all those attachments to everyone I had already sent them to, for no goddam reason.

Yeah, I know, it's a super-cool story.


you know what the sad part of all that is. Enterprise email systems like exchange have started watching for that, they recognize when the same file has been sent back and forth to multiple people and they only save one copy of the attachment on the server now. No matter how hard we try to get people to be better about paying attention, we just have to deal with the fact people are goign to be lazy, so might as well let technology fix what is a problem.
 
2012-04-05 01:17:10 PM

DamnYankees: Making spelling obsolete is a good thing. The point of language is communication, not spelling.


Communication can only be effectively achieved when standards are in place and followed by all parties. Have you learned nothing from the browser wars?
 
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