….or when not to trust your auto spell checker…

The title of this blog is a tweet that I actually sent to someone that I had only just met on Twitter.

I had been running Motivating Mum for a few months, blogging, updating the website and getting the hang of basic Twitter.  I discovered my first blog carnival and I tweeted to the organiser, wanting her to explain how she got the Linky to work on her blog, so that I could use it on mine.  Of course my iphone had never heard the word Linky, and so it made a hasty substitution.

How do you do that kinky thing on your blog?

And because I was typing too fast, I let it go… cue total embarrassment all round.

Generally I’m a stickler for grammar and spelling.  When I see typos and grammatical errors on other people’s posts it drives me mad, but if they are posting texts from an iPhone then I completely sympathise with their plight.

I guess we’ve all seen the jokes that go round of the worst (generally crude) iPhone spelling mistakes (if not, you will have to Google it because although I think they are very funny, I am not repeating them here to avoid offending others).  I don’t know if they are real or not, but if they are, then the person making the mistake must have typed the rude words at some time, because the iPhone is supposed to learn from your style what words you might like to use, and I don’t suppose some of those words are in the supplied dictionary.

With me, I generally get the names of obscure classical composers from my iTunes collection (Rossini popped up the other day, in the middle of a text to a friend about going for coffee – don’t ask me, I don’t know why either)

I did try turning the spell checker off, but then I realised exactly how ham fisted I am on the tiny keyboard – the checker is clearly finding and correcting properly, more than it is letting howlers through.   And so , despite my objections I continue with it, trying very hard not to embarrass myself again.

Have you had any interesting spell-checker moments?  Please fess up here…

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