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February 16, 2024


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John Dunn

The scourge of predictive text continues.

Today, I had to send an e-mail with the name of a particular house plant called Duchesnea Chrysantha. Admittedly, this is not a name you would encounter frequently. Thus, with stubborn persistence, my cell phone's e-mail tool kept changing the name Chrysantha to Chrysanthemum.

The two names are NOT references to the same plant but as many times as I retyped the correct plant name, the e-mail software kept changing the name to whatever some coder someplace, someone whom I would like to confront, decided must be the required word.

Consider the arcane terminology one often finds in the sciences. Botany, chemistry, physics, zoology, ichthyology, paleontology, immunology and more all have words whose spellings are anything but intuitive. In spite of that reality, we are confronted with the utter IDIOCY of the predictive text handicap.

After great effort, I think I have managed to managed to totally disable predictive text on this PC which has thus allowed me to actually type this comment, but I cannot find any way to do that on my cell phone.

I am not happy.

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