Correcting your mistakes...incorrectly
- Developer: Unknown
- Release Date: 1993, 2007
- Twitter: Unknown
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AutoCorrect (also known as Text Replacement, but should rightly be renamed as Auto-Incorrect) is a spell check function that automatically corrects (that's quite hyperbolic) a word that seems misspelled or incorrect. Although AutoCorrect does have its advantages, it can become a real nuisance and on many occasions give out the wrong message due to its unusual and often comical suggestions of a correction.
AutoCorrect is mostly found on word processors and smartphones such as the iPhone (with the latter being more commonly used for the function). Because typing on a virtual keyboard is no where near as quick and reliable than on a computer keyboard, AutoCorrect (as well as AutoComplete, which in namesake, completes words automatically) was implemented for faster and more accurate typing. Though many usually disable those features as they can be quite bothersome and find it more reliable to go without them. This is also known as the "Cupertino Effect".
First used in word processors such as Microsoft Word, which it was introduced in 1993 in Microsoft Word 6.0. Of course, it didn't gain much attention until it was re-introduced to the world through the iPhone in 2007, becoming a very common pet peeve of the 21st century. In fact, AutoCorrect has continually been a subject of parody and criticism among people and mainstream media, being spoofed and even having dozens of websites that share various examples on why one shouldn't touch AutoCorrect with a 10-foot pole.
Still mistakenly "correcting" text worldwide.
- AutoCorrect is responsible for "Nuggets Bigger Bigger"
- It's best that you have it turned off to avoid further embarrassment in your already ruined life
- Using AutoCorrect on IRC is even worse