It is quite funny these days how people often commit ‘e-blunders’ on social media especially Android users. I am a victim too.  However, these errors can be avoided although many are not aware of this.

There are some functions that are already set to assist its user, whether intentionally set by you or unintentionally. They include:

  • Next word suggestions
  • Punctuation after words, Auto-spacing, Auto-caps
  • Auto Correction
  • Add to Dictionary

I’ll talk briefly about each, starting from the top.

Next word suggestions basically tries to predict what word comes after what you just typed. It usually isn’t what you have in mind, but sometimes you can just be lucky and it would tally. So if you typed something like “I want to ….” the keyboard may predict ‘eat, sleep or dance’, mostly action words as your next word, saving lazy people like me the stress of typing that word.

Punctuation after words, auto-space and auto-caps as their names imply, punctuate your sentence usually with a full-stop, a space and then automatically capitalize the next word. This could be annoying if you are still typing ,but it seems not everyone cares about the use of punctuation.

Auto Correction which is the main purpose of this post, is not as dreadful as she seems. She’s really harmless. I’ve seen many write-ups or chats that contain some hilarious and sometimes, costly Auto correct-errors.
I know it may seem annoying to you, when you type ‘Laughing ke?’ and something like ‘Laughing key?’ appears on your screen. It could be funny and annoying at the same time.

Well it’s easy. For us, the Ibadan people, we have some some words that our phones doesn’t have in its dictionary such as ‘ke, sha, fa, ba?, ni, noni, ehn?, etc.), you can just adjust your keyboard to add new words to its dictionary. That way, when next you use that word, it would automatically pop up.

On the other hand, if you have decided that auto correct is most definitely a big nuisance and you would rather do without it, you can just turn it off altogether. However, I’d not like to be seeing avoidable blunders all around.

OSHAFI GLORY-ANNA is a graduate of the Department of  Linguistics and African Languages, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


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