A new farewell

I’m a recent inductee into the world of instant message autocorrect, having never had an IM device until now. But my iPad connects me with friends and family who also have iOS devices, so I’ve been getting used to a new kind of communication…and the unintentional consequences.

The other day I signed off an IM exchange with my wife by writing, “Tchau!” which means goodbye or farewell in Portuguese. But my iOS is set for English, and clearly thought that I meant something else.

What my wife received was, “Tchaikovsky!”

I may have to make this my new farewell. “Tchaikovsky, sweetie! Drive safe!”

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to A new farewell

  1. Lilaine says:

    Tchaikovsky, Swannie, crack all them nuts ! 😀
    ….
    I know, I know, I’m pathetic! 😉

  2. M. says:

    LOL. I have the same problem, but my iOS is set for Polish, so when I write in English, it turns everything into gibberish. Oh well…

  3. xenatuba says:

    At least it isn’t profane…my most recent experience was setting the calender on my iPod to reflect a rehearsal location change, from our normal to a different church, Ebbert. I paid no attention until I got my reminder that said: OTE tonight robbery. Now, considering what I do, robbery is not something that I am completely unfamiliar with, but not with the tuba ensemble at the church…unless we’re after the choir robes…

  4. Laura says:

    It could have been far worse. Here’s an interesting little website that someone on the Devil Wears Prada LiveJournal site posted (part of a prompt for the latest ficathon going on over there): http://damnyouautocorrect.com

    There are some really good* ones on that site; I hope you enjoy!

    (*Good of course being relative to whether or not you were the one unfortunate enough to send the text!)

    • oregon expat says:

      I’ve seen those, and laughed so hard I had tears. Here’s another one, which also cracked me up. My favorite was the one that wasn’t an autocorrect issue at all.

      • Laura says:

        Oh my god, I was practically choking on the tears of my laughter by the time I got to the bottom of the page. Thank you for that! And I agree, my fave also was the one that wan’t an autocorrect at all.

  5. James Haney says:

    Nothing like technology to frak your day up and give everyone else a laugh. Seen some of those at that site, a friend on Facebook occasionally posts some of the more amusing ones to her page.

    “Abyssinia”

    “Samoa.”

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