Like you, every day I face new and ludicrous blunders by auto-correct. Bloggers of the world, revolt! It’s time to show who’s boss: the writer or the over-eager software feature.
Auto-incorrections are a bit like the aches and pains and troubles of old age. At first you routinely rant and vent and protest. How can this possibly be happening to me! I don’t need them, I don’t want them, I’m insulted, I’m outraged! They should be against the law. Call the doctor, call Geeks-on-Wheels, write a letter to the paper, publicise this dreadful situation right now and make it stop!
But the troubles of old age may eventually become familiar, something you can manage, one way or another. It’s hard to stay outraged for twenty years or more.
Not so much the dreaded auto-incorrections. Speaking for myself, I still have a reaction but it’s against myself. (Silly me, I failed to proof-read.) But if I can’t conquer my own lack of proof-reading rigour, maybe I could conquer them in another way.
Rules of the auto-correct challenge
Write a sentence using the original word. Write the same sentence replacing the original word with the one supplied by auto-correct. Both versions must make sense.
It’s OK to change the auto-incorrected word to a similar part of speech.
The example below comes from a comment by Suzanne of Life at No. 22.
- Original word: repaving
- Auto-incorrection: play.
- Multipurpose sentence: Repaving the piano was an ambitious project to impress her in-laws. / Playing the piano was was an ambitious project to impress her in-laws.
Meet the challenge
- Original word: lazy. Auto-incorrection: laxative
- Original word: anyone. Auto-incorrection: nylons
- Original word: ability. Auto-incorrection: abolition
- Original word: blood. Auto-incorrection: boos
- Original word: onscreen. Auto-incorrection: onslaught
Or do the same trick with your own auto-incorrections. They are sent to torture us. Let’s show them who’s boss! I’ll publish your answers on this page. Watch this space.
The one and only entry so far
Derrick J Knight wasted no time in meeting the challenge for all five sentences! He could do it and he did it. Thanks Derrick! If you email me your postal address, I will send you a copy of How To Be Old. It’s not an instruction manual: you could write that one yourself.
1. A lazy moment on the loo/a laxative moment on the loo
2. Anyone should cover legs/nylons should cover legs
3. Having an ability to ban booze/having an abolition to ban booze
4. Heated blood raised the roof/heated boos raised the roof
5. Ferocious onscreen reaction/ferocious onslaught reactionFollow Write Into Life