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Hamish 06 Jan 10 - 05:04 AM
Liz the Squeak 06 Jan 10 - 05:14 AM
Genie 06 Jan 10 - 05:30 AM
Hamish 06 Jan 10 - 05:32 AM
Richard Bridge 06 Jan 10 - 08:06 AM
Mr Happy 06 Jan 10 - 09:45 AM
Michael 06 Jan 10 - 10:00 AM
Mrrzy 06 Jan 10 - 10:18 AM
SINSULL 06 Jan 10 - 10:52 AM
Amos 06 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM
GUEST,Hamish 06 Jan 10 - 11:29 AM
Ebbie 06 Jan 10 - 08:56 PM
Bill D 06 Jan 10 - 09:35 PM
MGM·Lion 07 Jan 10 - 12:20 AM
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MGM·Lion 07 Jan 10 - 05:47 AM
Geoff the Duck 07 Jan 10 - 10:11 AM
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Subject: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Hamish
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 05:04 AM

If we've ever used predictive text, I'm sure we've all send a garbled message due to accidentally selecting the wrong word from the predictive text options. Such as me/of; home/good/gone; Hamish/Hangsi...

I recently confused my missus by sending a message that claimed that I'd sent "26 e-mail" when I'd meant "an e-mail".

What's the term for that? I've heard of wordalikes, but that doesn't capture the havoc which ensues from using the wrong word. We need* something which is the equivalent of mondegreen. Is there such a term out there? Textegreen? T9apropism? Predick-up?

--
Hamish

*Well, maybe "need" is too strong a term.


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 05:14 AM

Textual tension....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Genie
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 05:30 AM

I haven't used "predictive text."   Is that anything like the "automatic spelling correction" that tries to read your mind when you type an unusual or slang word or name and changes it - maybe without you even noticing - to something quite different?


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Hamish
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 05:32 AM

Yep, that's it, Genie. On mobile phones or what our friends over the pond call cell phones.


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 08:06 AM

From the same root as "homonym" or "homophone", try "homothumb".


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Mr Happy
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 09:45 AM

..........eh well, Guggle's just announced their new fone launch.

Its just one more over complicated devices, bulging with 'Apps' whatever they are, to join the Blueberries, Appels [Note sp. not a typo - its German for Call!] & other sundry fruity fones which do everything except what you want.


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Michael
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 10:00 AM

Some one leant me one to make a call, it made strange noises, think it was called a Raspberry.

Cheers
Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Mrrzy
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 10:18 AM

Homothumb sounds, well, obscene. How about OMGreens?


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: SINSULL
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 10:52 AM

An accident waiting to happen...


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Amos
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM

My iPhone, Mr Happy, does everything I want. This may be simply because I took the trouble to learn how to operate it.

APps is modern jargon for "applications" which in turn is 1980's era technospeak for "the use to which a computer software package may be put" or "software for a particular use" as distinguished from other classes of software such as operating systems, utilities or object files created by applications.

As for these predictive fuckups, I like predickups. It has a pleasant slangy ring to it and is racy.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: GUEST,Hamish
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 11:29 AM

All right, Amos: let's get it adopted into yoofspeak...

...er, do you know any yoofs? I'm not sure I do...


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Ebbie
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 08:56 PM

I suggest "homohmmm". They are not all racy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 09:35 PM

"If we've ever used predictive text, I'm sure we've all send a garbled message..."

I would predict that I eventually would, so I don't use that system.... I made sure to get a phone with a keyboard, then I TYPE all my text messages.
Somehow, I don't even like the idea of my phone guessing what *I* want to say...


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 12:20 AM

Dnt ys prdctv. Mch mre fun 2 tp msgs anhow n mk up abrvns 2 save tm z u go — isn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 02:49 AM

I hate, loathe, detest and abhor the habit of shortening words to single letters or numbers - and I don't like it very much.

I like the way my phone Bowdlerises my MSM conversations... no matter how many times I save it to the memory, it refuses to accept certain words. Even 'knickers' has to be entered afresh each time.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 04:04 AM

N tht cs, Liz the Squeak, y u sgn yslf LTS?

I merely ask...

Michael Grosvenor Myer


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Hamish
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 04:16 AM

For malapropism Thesaurus gives:

abusage, barbarism, catachresis, corruption, cruel treatment, desecration, dissipation, exploitation, harm, ill-treatment, injury, malapropism, maltreatment, misapplication, misemployment, mistreatment, misusage, perversion, profanation, prostitution, rough handling, solecism, squandering, waste

I rather like

cat·a·chre·sis (kt-krss)
n. pl. cat·a·chre·ses (-sz)
1. The misapplication of a word or phrase, as the use of blatant to mean "flagrant."
2. The use of a strained figure of speech, such as a mixed metaphor.


...but it's a bit obscure and doesn't seem to have a verb. So maybe textecrate?


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 04:38 AM

The good thing about predictive text is that it likes real words, nt ths srt v crp, wch i h8.   

Right now my mobile has switched off the facility, and it's a real nuisance.


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 04:39 AM

Texcreta ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 05:47 AM

McGrath & Liz the Squeak — Even if texting conventionally, there is nothing to stop you spelling words out in full: abbrvns qut optnl, u no.
But I am always interested to note that even predictive texters tend to use 'u' for 'you' & 'ty' for 'thank you'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 10:11 AM

I think you are all going about this the wrong way.
Surely the phone knows what the correct word is?

I put mondegreen into my old mobile phone using predictive mode and it gave me nonefiredo.

That'll do for me!!!

Quack!
Geoff the (logical) Duck.


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 07:47 PM

even predictive texters tend to use 'u' for 'you'... To get "u" "

How do they do that? If you press the letter key with "tuv" on it and then "space", you don't get "u", you get "t", whether it set to predictive text or not.

So far as I can see, the only way you could get "u", when the mobile is set to predictive text, would be to type "t", then press "options" and scroll to "matches", press that and then select "u" as the preferred alternative "t". Which would take a great deal longer than just pressing the keys for "wxyz" "mno" and "tuv", which the clever machine recognises as "you".

That's what I mean by welcoming predictive text, as the enemy of these laborious "abbreviations".


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Rowan
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 08:01 PM

A couple of years ago someone with a sense of humour organised a televised competition between a pair of 12 year old boys with mobile phones and a pair of octogenarians with Morse key paddles. One of each pair was in Sydney and had to send a prescribed question to their counterpart in Perth (Oz version); their counterpart then sent the (prescribed) answer back to the sender.

The looks on the lads faces when they found they'd be beaten by the octogenarians (by a decent margin) were worth seeing; "disappointment and disbelief" was only the start of their expressions.

Apologies for the thread drift.
Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 12:07 AM

McGrath - I know; I wondered the same. But fact is, I have a regular text correspondent [predictive] who always uses 'u' & 'ty'. Suppose she must have programmed her phone to do that for reasons best known to herself. Mst rmbr 2 sk hr y smtm.


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: Tangledwood
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 12:39 AM

More thread drift - when working I would often have to email an unpopular manager, let's call him "Fred". The spell checker would halt at his name and suggest changes. It was always a source of great personal satisfaction to select "ignore Fred".


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Subject: RE: BS: Term for predictive text mondegreens
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 04:40 AM

Phondegreens


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