About five minutes before the end of church, however, I received a text message from Jeremy, the entirety of which I reproduce here:
That's it. "Weevil." I was stunned and absolutely clueless. What did this message mean??? What had gone so wrong that the only thing he had time to type was a nonsensical "weevil"?? My mind raced as I tried to glean some meaning from that mystery word. I thought back to all our inside jokes and recent random things our kids had said but came up empty. Then I looked at my keypad and tried to figure out if a predictive text FAIL had a hand in the miscommunication, until I remembered that he was using a qwerty keyboard.
Finally I texted him back a frantic "what's going on? be home soon" kind of message and got going as soon as I could.
Turns out, "weevil" was supposed to be "weenik" which is Arabic for "where are you?" Jeremy had lost track of when church was supposed to end and thought we should have been home by then. Then his phone autocorrected "weenik" to "weevil." I never would have figured that chain of error out on my own. Never.
Predictive text has its hand in SMS errors, too. The other day I texted Jeremy that I was "ringssing at cappedous." That's supposed to be "shopping at Carrefour," but "ringssing at cappedous" is what it ends up being when you are pushing a full cart with one hand and trying to text AND keep your kid from jumping out of the cart with the other hand.
And it turns out there is an entire website dedicated to iPhone autocorrect errors. Unfortunately a lot of the autocorrects are moderately inappropriate so the site is not as safely hilarious as maybe it could be. But here are a few gems.
What funny autocorrects or predictive text adventures have you had?