Porn, and Other Reasons to Beware of Autocorrect

No one likes to make mistakes, and we in the newspaper business especially hate it when mistakes appear in print. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen, no matter how many editorial layers you have.

The good news is, sometimes the mistakes are really, really funny. Probably not to the person who made them, but to the rest of us? Hilarious.

Spellcheck and autocorrect can be a blessing. However, sometimes… well, sometimes I wonder if we would be better off without them. Here’s a pretty good roundup of the havoc autocorrect can wreak.

For example, software can "correct" a .prn file to "porn", change "Donner Party" into "dinner party" and fix "come over for a sec" to read "come over for a sex."

Then there are the mistakes we don’t even notice. You wouldn’t believe the goofy things bookstore workers get asked. They practically have to be psychic to figure out what people want sometimes.

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