Damn you, autocorrect! School gets locked down after teen texts "gunman" instead of "gunna"
posted by Daniel P. / Mar 01, 2012, 2:24 AM
The culprit was not some wacko with a firearm, but rather the good ol' autocorrect, whose mishaps have already received a cult following and dedicated websites.
Actually the text was sent by a student at Lanier Technical College, who meant to say "Gunna be at West Hall this afternooon", but the robocorrection kicked in, and on top of that it was sent to another number than the one it was intended for.
Well, you can't blame the Gainesville authorities or the recipient who reported the text message to them that they shut down the schools, given the situation in Chardon High School in Ohio a few days ago, but you surely can still be amused with all the comotion that autocorrect often brings. And one more lesson - every English teacher will tell you that "gunna" is spelled "gonna", what was autocorrect thinking?
... all because of the good old autocorrect from iPhone ... lucky nobody got hurt but apple products keeps proving that they are s**tty and people are ignore this .. this is trully sad
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 2:36 AM 12
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Where did it say it was a iPhone that sent the message, dumbass?
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 3:14 AM 13
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Because only iPhones have auto-correct (android has word suggestions)...and only an idiot would send something "autocorrected" without checking it first, an idiot who's probably to dumb to use android anyway
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 4:24 AM 11
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Android does have autocorrrect, depending on what keyboard you are using. But the reason you need suggestion or autocorrect is the on-screen keyboard. I'm looking forward to going back to a physical keyboard on my next phone. That is one reason people love their Blackberry phones, and the touch-screen-only Storm didn't make it.
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 6:20 AM 6
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I still wonder what phone this person used. But I have to say Blackberry has the best auto correct out there. You can even use "text replace" (I can't remember what is it called) depends on your texting habit. I still remember I could type in "wayd" and it would be replaced by "what are you doing" on screen :D Loved it so much!!!!
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 8:08 AM 1
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It's more likely. Android's autocorrect is much more visible than the iPhone's, so it's a lot harder to miss if it's making your text say "gunman." It's possible it was another device, and I blame the idiot who didn't check his message or the number it went to, but it's definitely more likely an iPhone that was involved.
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 9:14 AM 0
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I blame the school.... for teaching the kid to accept slack writting skills. Gunna, seriously? There was a time where t9 texting was counter intuitive and a pain in the ass, so everything became shortened, eg: txt, lmafo, lol.... but now typing is faster than on a laptop. Stop being lazy.
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 7:51 AM 3
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Android has autocorrect too. In fact I find the autocorrect on my s2 to be terrible. From both the android stock keyboard and the samsung one. As a matter of fact I had to download the iphone emulator keyboard just to have a decent keyboard. But even that has a downside(no mic button for speach to text).
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 9:10 AM 0
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one day i sent a message to my father "i will be there after maghrib " (maghrib means afternoon) . but android autocorrection made it "i will be there after maturation" , my father was thinking i have gone made to read the message.
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 2:54 AM 2
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uhm... maghrib is an arabic word... not english, u dont want autocorrect, just disable it or add the word to dictionary... and iPhone will also autocorrect the word to smthn else...
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 4:16 AM 0
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"Maghrib" is evening, afternoon is "dohor" or as some say "zohor"
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 11:22 AM 1
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i was also really irritated on my lumia 800 auto correct cuz i use my native language and then auto correct ruins all my message finally goggled for how to disable it was little tricky to find for disabling this feature or atlest i missed it
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 3:07 AM 0
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I tried it on an iPhone 4S. It doesn't auto correct 'gunna'
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 4:07 AM 1
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Phonearena really needs there sources corrected. This happened in Gainesville,Georgia. Yes, GEORGIA.. I KNOW, I LIVE THERE!
posted on Mar 01, 2012, 4:46 AM 0
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