To celebrate my millenial post I thought I’d pop into MPSIMS and post some, well, MPSIMS…
To all of those familiar with predictive texting, skip this paragraph, for all others this is what it is: Predictive Texting is a facility provided on many mobile phones to allow users to key in text messages quickly. Everyone I assume is familiar with the key associations:
In “regular” texting the word CECIL would be spelled thus: 222 33 222 444 555
Predictive texting allows the user to hit each repeated key just the once, the software then looks for matching patterns in the database, so CECIL would be spelled 23245. However, and this is the crux of my post, the “predicted” word is not always unique, in fact this is the case with CECIL which has a similar pattern to the acronym AFAIK (“as far as I know”), which is also in my dictionary, and the user must make extra keystokes to “scroll” through the matches to select the desired word.
I am proposing to make a collection of Prective Texting homographs, pairs of words that share the same keystokes. They are particularly interesting because of the potential for amusing/embarrassing/downright dangerous typos.
Some are boring, or merely annoying:
Some seem to hint at some hidden resonance:
DUAL=FUCK* (I mean, I NEVER use the word DUAL! C’mon!)
Some border on the surreal:
KICK YOUR PUPPY=LICK YOUR PUSSY
There, I’ve started you off, teeming millions, do your worse.
Also, I will award a small and intangible prize to anyone who can suggest a good name for the phenomenon, “Predictive texting homograph” just ain’t snappy enough to catch on…
The Great Unwashed
*FUCK is not in the standard dictionary, but users can add there own words