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AutoCorrect Tricks

The economists tell us that productivity has increased dramatically over the past 10 years or so. They have many explanations for this rise (they are economists, after all), but as far as I know, no one has studied what I believe is the real reason productivity is up: the AutoCorrect feature that has been part of Word for most of those 10 years.

This likely sounds preposterous to you, and of course, it is. But not by much. We’re all now so used to AutoCorrect that we forget (and certainly don’t notice) that several times each day we still spell “the” as “teh,” “other” as “otehr,” and “different” as “differnet”; in each case, AutoCorrect is there to catch and repair the blunders. Without any fanfare, AutoCorrect quietly adds the proper accents to “cliché” and “café,” fixes finger fumbles such as “I;ll” and “showinf,” and sorts out nonsense such as “andt he” and “sot hat.” If you type a lot, this probably happens dozens of times a day, perhaps even hundreds if your eye-finger coordination isn’t what it used to be. Imagine how much time it would take out of your busy day to have to go back and fix all those typos? One shudders to think about it.


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