Have you ever wanted a do-over? You know, you’re playing a game and you mess up so bad at the beginning that you just tear up the score card and say, “Okay, let’s start over again.”
A friend of mine recently had concluded a seminar and was headed home to Missouri from Louisville, KY. He was told the interstate was only a few miles away. They said as soon as you merge onto it, it’ll be smooth sailing home. He found the highway and in the dark of night, promptly drove 120 miles in the opposite direction. It was only as he saw signs for a new state that he realized his error. His name has been spared mention to maintain his dignity.
This would be one of those life moments when a do-over would be most welcome.
A group of scientific brains gathered around a conference table one day and reached a joint consensus. Why not (from a technical standpoint) fix a problem for an individual without the person’s worrying about it? Thus for computer lovers and cell phone texters, auto-correct was born. The hope of these techies was that you could write a letter or text, hit a button, and instantaneously the words would be rearranged when misspelled. Awesome invention when it works as promised.
I sent a text of apology to an individual and I wrote, “I offer you my humbleness.” My apology sounded less than contrite when the recipient was instead offered my bumble bees.
While the auto correct glitches have been relegated mostly to my cell phone, I am content knowing that it is working flawlessly as I write this post. But for those of us with cell phones, we all need to remember that the auto correct feature can still be a texture’s worse enema.