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Getting Past the Demon of Autocorrect

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“A lot of truths have been communicated in autocorrect and a lot more havoc was wreaked because of the same autocorrect. But no matter what happens, you are responsible for what you say. If it has your name on it, you said it.”

The host of the Immigrant Life Podcast Dapo Bankole said the above. Here is why:

Autocorrect may have taken up our writing space on Twitter, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Gmail, SMS and on a lot more applications, intruding where they shouldn’t and causing some undesired after-effects. Sometimes, the results are hilarious while at other times, the damage can be irreversible.

As immigrants, we rely heavily on the computer to correct our language and spellings but that might leave us in an embarrassing position.

Take this story for instance. It made the rounds on social media that an employee sent an email to all his bosses at work with a “Regards” ending. Autocorrect changed it to “Retards”! Upon realizing the unimaginable error, he quickly sent out an apology, blaming it all on “autocorrect”. I don’t know the rest of the story but then, oftentimes, apologies may not be enough.

Autocorrect is just one of the babies of Artificial Intelligence and automation which have both come to stay. They are here with us and are going nowhere anytime soon. We, however, may have found out that the things that man has invented to make our lives better may well be our undoing. As immigrants, we rely heavily on the computer to correct our language and spellings but that might leave us in an embarrassing position. The only way around this is to do due diligence before sending out anything that has our name on it.

  • Remember to not hit that send button without reading through your writings.
  • Remember also that the computer does not know more than you do.
  • Remember to use your mind.

Dapo, as usual, shares quick eye-opening tips in episodes of The Immigrant Life Podcast on how to manage our world, with autocorrect in it. It doesn’t have to turn awry before we take the wheel.

Listen to Episode 101 for more quick tips.

Written by Yinka Bakare

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