T9 in Ireland

Tobias DiPasquale notes that the iPhone’s dictionary can correct the word ‘f***ing’ right out of the box. Handy!

The vagaries of various companies’ autocompletion dictionaries are always worth a comment. I’ve noticed that swearing is generally omitted, presumably for prudish reasons to do with tabloid PR fears. But as an Irishman, I find it particularly galling that Nokia’s T9 dictionary cycles through the following entries for “pints”:

  • Shots
  • Pious
  • Riots
  • Pints

When I type “pints” (which happens a lot), believe me, I never mean to type “pious”. Stupid phone!

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  1. Posted July 12, 2007 at 13:21 | Permalink

    Another one – “smirnoff” come up as “poisoned”. It’s a little psychic!

  2. Posted July 12, 2007 at 14:33 | Permalink

    Hehe… that brought a smile to my face…. “pints” it the bane of my texting life too. I usually resort to asking my friends if they’re going for a few JARS instead ;-)

  3. Posted July 12, 2007 at 14:45 | Permalink

    James: good trick! “Jars” comes up as the first hit. I’ll remember that one!

  4. Phil
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 20:57 | Permalink

    “Shots of Jimmy’s for free,” cried the pious publican as he struggled to deal with the riots following his “two pints of Guinness for the price of one” special offer.

    Now text that!

    Methinks t9 needs some sort of bayesian module to order its suggestions according to prior usage.

  5. Posted February 5, 2009 at 17:45 | Permalink

    In a similar vein, I rarely if ever need to meet anyone in a sub.