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Mobile text errors can nix relationships

Predictive text, a marvel of mobile phones that has made communication quicker and easier, has been blamed for errors that can sabotage relationships by leaving users fuming.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2012 00:30 IST

Predictive texting is a facility that makes SMSing faster especially for phones with non-qwerty keyboard. The latest submissions to the DamnYouAutoCorrect website show how simple predictive text misspelling of words result in awkward conversations.

MobileInstead of typing ‘We need to spend some time at Pam’s’, user ‘Jenni’ mistakenly texted her boyfriend: ‘We need to spent some time apart’, prompting a furious reply from her partner, reports Daily Mail. And, a woman who asked a friend if she wanted ‘any bleach’, was horrified when predictive text interpreted it as ‘anal bleach’.

Modern mobile phones come with a built-in dictionary which enables them to predict what word a user wants from only a few key presses. Each key represents three letters. It differs from an older system in which users had to hit keys several times per letter. For this reason, phones can often predict a completely random word — often with hilarious results.

First Published: Jan 07, 2012 17:27 IST