A friend e-mailed me a photo of her new kitten, a beautiful little guy she found in a plastic bag on the beach. (Can you imagine what kind of “person” could do that? Me either.)
In writing back to my friend from my iPad, which has auto-correct set to ON, I wanted to say her tiny kitten was “purrfect.” Yes, I know it’s corny, but there you have it. Every time I wrote “purrfect,” auto-correct decided I meant “putrefaction.” It took me several attempts to finally rid my screen of that putrid word. Imagine if I hadn’t been proofreading and had sent that e-mail as “corrected.”
I do like auto-correct when it fixes obvious typos I’ve made, but I (and you) still have to proofread carefully and slowly, making sure we are not inadvertently sending embarrassing messages. I know entire websites exist that are devoted to auto-correct’s wacky fixes.