Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Slush You

So, I'm beginning to doubt my ability to spell. With all of the spell check and auto complete programs on the market, you could have a terrible vocabulary and a fifth trade education and send an email that makes you sound as though you've just left finishing school.

I've only noticed this because I have a new cell phone. It's an HTC Thunderbolt with an auto complete text function. When I first got the phone, I thought it was amazing. I mean, I've never had to text on a touch screen before. I'm terrible. Find the apostrophe button? I'll need a few minutes. It turned my sloppy, mispellled, incomprehensible sentences onto exactly what I wanted to say. And then it didn't.

Here's the thing. Auto complete/correct programs do just that. They complete and correct automatically. And they don't often recognize slang. So in what might have been an otherwise endearing moment, "Shush, you" became "slush you" and the conversation deteriorated from there.

I'm not going to get up on my soapbox and give a speech about kids today. I'm not going to talk about how the coming generations are practically going to be illiterate if something isn't done. You've undoubtedly heard it before. I just have to wonder what would become if us if our electronics where disabled permanently. What would happen to authors? I don't know about you, but I would have a hard time editing (not to mention writing) 400+ hand written pages.

It's something to consider.

Especially since I'm writing this on my phone, and without my auto correct function, it would look like it was written in Klingon.



  1. I would have a hard time writing 400 hand written pages. I'm cringing just thinking about it. Even worse, after all the pain, no one would be able to read them because my handwriting is so bad. I guess I could claim I was channeling my inner Klingon?

  2. I feel your pain.

    My handwriting is terrible too.