Off topic: Best spell check error ever...
Thread poster: Nele Van den Broeck

Nele Van den Broeck  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:41
French to Dutch
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Sep 4, 2015

Today at my secretary day job, I received an e-mail from a very friendly client of ours who e-mails me a lot with the request to send him something we store in our dataroom.

What he wanted to write (on his phone):
Hi Nele,
Can you please send me...

What the spell check produced:
Hi male,

One minute later he sent me his apologies "Try that again (spell check error): Hi Nele, ...."

I was laughing for 20 minutes!
It's rather funny to know that a phone's spell check corrects your first name to male, especially when you're a member of the opposite sex


Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:41
Member (2008)
Italian to English
wow Sep 4, 2015

Nele Van den Broeck wrote:

I was laughing for 20 minutes!

Wow - it's THAT funny?


Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Danish to English
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Siri acting up? Sep 4, 2015

It sounds more like a typical voice recognition error. I get them regularly from a friend who uses Siri.


TechStyle  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:41
Auto-incorrect Sep 4, 2015

At my previous job, anything IT related was centralised: all requests had to be sent to the Helpdesk. The email package we used at the time auto-corrected that to "helpless" by default ... we generally considered this a Freudian slip.


Tony M
Local time: 02:41
French to English
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Talking of Freudian slips... Sep 4, 2015

I once had occasion to write to someone that I had been part of an 'all-gay' film crew; imagine my mirth when the spell-checker corrected that to 'all-American' — terribly Freudian, thaticon_wink.gif


Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
Arabic to English
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Affects translation, too Sep 5, 2015

Now imagine trying to translate text messages that contain auto-correct errors. It's some of the most challenging work I've ever done.


LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:41
Russian to English
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The best ones I know of. Sep 5, 2015

I was trying to write to a very serious person by the name of Judy, and the phrase was changed form 'Hi Judy" or "Hello Judy" to "Hello Juicy". I caught it the last second.

Then, once my "woman" was corrected into "womb" and "where' changed into "whored" That's about it. Most spelling prediction programs are horrifying, unfortunately, since you never know what they will change to what.

[Edited at 2015-09-05 10:54 GMT]


TechStyle  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:41
Hi gays! Sep 5, 2015

Tony M wrote:

I once had occasion to write to someone that I had been part of an 'all-gay' film crew; imagine my mirth when the spell-checker corrected that to 'all-American' — terribly Freudian, thaticon_wink.gif

That one reminded me of an email my colleague and I got from the boss a few years ago - addressed to "Hi gays". I blamed that on the colourful Hawaiian shirt my (straight, married!) colleague happened to be wearing that day...


José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:41
English to Portuguese
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My favorites Sep 5, 2015

The Word 2.0 spell checker had some weird habits. One of them was always replacing "nuvens" (= "clouds" in PT) with "nu vens" (= "naked you come" in PT).

A colleague of ours here in Brazil tells that when he was in charge of "Orders Administration" (= "Administração de Pedidos") in a company, he had a very fast typist who always wrote "Administração de Peidos" (= "Fart Administration") in his outgoing correspondence.


LEXpert  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:41
Member (2008)
Croatian to English
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Looks like perfectly normal autocorrect functionality to me Sep 5, 2015

and not a spellcheck issue, at least on a phone. Assuming that the options are statistically driven by the most common typos, Nele>Male isn't that surprising, considering the proximity of n-m and a-e on the keypad

[Edited at 2015-09-05 19:13 GMT]


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