Autocorrect doesn’t exactly have a reputation as the most reliable toot…tune…TOOL around. We’ve all had the phone-squeezing, teeth gritting moment that comes with typing a mildly obscure name or suburb.
(TIP for Sydneysiders: Avoid Woolloomooloo. Your phone will combust.)
Look, it’s trying to be helpful. It knows barely anyone can spell anymore nor has the time/inclination to look words up. And so it intervenes, using three factors to guide it:
- What dictionary words have similar tap patterns, ie. letters in a similar place on the keyboard;
- Which of those words are more common in your chosen language;
- Which of those words are most commonly typed by you.
Most of the time it gets it right. But others, it gives the internet meme-worthy gems like this: