Predictive Text Goofiness

Even though I have a perfectly good laptop, I do all of my blogging and social media entries on my iPhone. Using one finger. You see, I never learned to do all that fancy schmancy two-flying-thumbs stuff. So as one might expect I’m something of a predictive text fan. Not because it’s of any real use to me, but because of the often humorous ways it would seek to twist my sentences. Sometimes great adventures await if I just follow the suggested path.

For example every time I type one of the rather lengthy titles to one of my books, predictive text is helpful up to a point. Now, I’ve typed “Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort” hundreds, perhaps thousands of times since publishing it a year ago. One would think that predictive text could just reel it off by now. But no.

Right off the bat, the next word offered is ‘said’.

Mayhem said? No. That makes no sense. Let’s keep going. Mayhem said it was okay but I didn’t want to know what if I was wrong.

Then Happy Valley pops up. And logically, because I’ve typed the next phrase so often the words Motor Inn should be predicted next. But no…

Sometimes it offers church. Sometimes lunch. Once it suggested stream. But not once has Motor Inn magically appeared.

The final word pops up as a last option. All I can say is it’s a good thing I don’t write my books on an iPhone. Otherwise, “Nude juggling a book with a friend of mine” might’ve been a thing.

Peace people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

11 thoughts on “Predictive Text Goofiness”

  1. I almost never use predictive text, but then I don’t do much on my phone because of that flying thumb thing you mentioned. I’m also a one finger person and it just takes too long. My phone, however, does have total control no matter what I do, like abruptly changing my words just at the moment I hit send thereby necessitating a second text to explain what I really meant the first time.

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