When Your iPad Says Something You Didn't

A couple days ago, I was in a meeting with several folks. One of them mentioned that he’s absolutely ga-ga over his new iPad.

A few hours later, he sent out a group e-mail from that very machine:

We too really enjoyed the meeting and so appreciate your thoughts, insights and excrement for the project.

I guess he still has to get used to Apple’s e-mail auto-fill. He was mortified but I told him not to worry: hey, excrement happens.


I have an iMac, and it seems with the last major OS update they changed the auto-suggest to be a bit more ... aggressive. I have to really copyedit everything carefully.


Funny... and yet i've heard similar stories that happened to lots of desktop-using folks...

Example..someone I know warned invitees at her new year's eve party on Dec 31 1999 that if anyone dared to sing "1999" by Prince she would kick their behind...only problem was that in her mass e-mail she inadvertently wrote "lick" and not "kick"...

She was sort of confused at first, when she started getting replies from people who declared that in view of the promise they were rather eager to sing it...and then, of course she found out...

And the I-pad had nothing to do with it, believe it or not...


Excrement may happen, but punctuation takes work.

The word "too" should be set off with commas. Unless the person meant "two."


This isn't new. I sometimes trust the spell checker a bit too much when sending email. This once led to an embarrassing incident when the spell checker had an unflattering suggestion for my bosses unusual name that I accidentally accepted. Luckily he took it in good humor after I showed him what happened.

OTOH, excrement was probably just a Freudian slip and he is just blaming it on the iPad. What did you talk about at the meeting?


I turned auto-correct off on mine. I'm more of a 'what you see is what you get' type of person. I appreciate spell check, but auto-fill not so much.


Spell/grammar checker is activated when the system thinks you made a mistake. May not be the best but it is useful to have.
Autofill is activated as soon as you type 2-3 letters, which is quiet often. And may not be very useful if it keeps offering suggestions when you are writing a long or short message.

I am a PC user, and I have not seen an auto fill (other then day/date related) option on any of my desktop applications.

I can understand its use on cellphones and other hand-helds but I would turn the feature off on a desktop. One more reason for Apple to include a keyboard with the Ipad


"Autofill is activated as soon as you type 2-3 letters, which is quiet often."

I laughed.

touch user

my touch does that and it drives me nuts - it is hard enough to type on it without the auto-fil. Probably time I learned how to shut if off.

Ray P

Steve Jobs knows what you meant to say... he is Steve Jobs.


I was discussing mushrooms with a friend one time and the chat filters kept rejecting "shitake" every time.

The filters are just unable to recognize the context in which some words are being used. It needs to be modified and perhaps a human intervention is needed.

I wonder if a zero-tolerance component for bad words is built in some of these programs. It is like a cop watching every word we use or type.


Maybe it wouldn't have been rejected if you had spelled "shiitake" correctly.


I once got an email from a friend with the mysterious and vaguely unsettling subject line "Nestles." The email itself consisted of a photo of me and some friends playing Beatles Rock Band at a party. Turns out it was sent from the friend's iPhone, which turned the inexactly-typed "Beatles" into "Nestles."


I once received an email, one of many on CC, the writer ended with "Sorry if I caused you any incontinence"

Nothing like spell check gone bad.


A colleague of mine once made the classical mistake of sending out an email signed with "retards" instead of "regards". Too bad it was an email to a client in which he just explained how they messed up their companies servers by not listening to his earlier suggestions...

Jim Purdy

Incremental improvement is needed.


It would be interesting to know the ages of those who comment on this post.
For those who grew up with SMS on a 12 button cell phone, the auto-fill is a critical element in saving time and button presses. A number of phones list as one of their features the model used for auto-fill on the phone.
To those of a previous generation, which includes me, who remember being brought to tears because of making an error on the last line of a type written page, auto-fill is a strange beast. ( And why did correction tape not come in resume ivory 25 years ago? )