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Old Oct 16, 2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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The Siri Punctuation & Shortcuts Thread

Hi folks.

Through playing with my new 4S, as well as Siri in the past few days, I've discovered several shortcuts and tricks to punctuation in using Siri. I figured I'd make a thread where we can discuss little tricks we've found to make Siri perform as we'd luck, so please, feel free to expend upon this post with other tips you've found.

One very interesting finding I had made, this morning, is...

If you say "Smile Face" ------------ Siri interprets it as ":-)"

If you say "Wink Face" ------------ Siri interprets it as ";-)"


Of course, there are also more simple things, like...

If you say "Period" ------------ Siri interprets it as "."

If you say "Coma" ------------ Siri interprets it as ","

If you say "Exclamation Point" ------------ Siri interprets it as "!"

If you say "Question Mark" ------------ Siri interprets it as "?"

Even things, a little more complicated, such as...

If you say "Open Parenthesis" ------------ Siri interprets it as "("

If you say "Close Parenthesis" ------------ Siri interprets it as ")"

If you say "Open Quotation" ------------ Siri interprets it as """

If you say "Close Quotation" ------------ Siri interprets it as """

If you say "All Caps" before a "word" ---- Siri interprets it as "WORD"

Now, what I'm curious to, is what if you literally wanted to write one of these things. What if you're telling to tell someone to make a wink face, close a quotation, etc. How does Siri know that what I'm saying is demanding her to do something, as opposed to writing it in my text. I guess it will get better and smarter over time.

Please, do feel free to add to this thread! I'd love to hear your findings!
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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I believe she interprets any punctuation you say as the actual character.

Like period, exclamation point, colon, etc.

Also "newline" is interpreted as a, well, new line. This in theory would work nicely when making a new note that's, say, a list of grocery items. You could say "Add bananas newline grapes newline apples newline to the grocery items note" And Siri will display it as

"bananas
grapes
apples"


But unfortunately all the items wind up on the same line in the actual note. Probably a bug.

EDIT: here's an example of that.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 01:17 PM   #3
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From Girlfriend:

"Bad news. I missed my . ."

... eh, that doesn't sound like something I need to worry about.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 01:18 PM   #4
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When I first figured out Siri would do punctuation I decided to start testing it. So I said "The iPhone is the best phone period period" and it actually did it as "The iPhone is the best phone period." - pretty impressive.

However, I haven't been able to duplicate it one time since then.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 01:22 PM   #5
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Thanks these are super useful, I didn't even realize you could do half of these.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 01:26 PM   #6
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From Girlfriend:

"Bad news. I missed my . ."

... eh, that doesn't sound like something I need to worry about.

LOL funny.

Saying to Siri I think I missed my period period actually results in

I think I missed my period.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 09:11 AM   #7
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Saying "ellipsis" will also insert "..."

"Quote" will inset a quote mark.

Very impressive.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 09:19 AM   #8
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Note that with the UK version of Siri you need to say "full stop" rather than "period".
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 09:39 AM   #9
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Note that with the UK version of Siri you need to say "full stop" rather than "period".
"Bad news. I missed my full stop."?
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 04:59 PM   #10
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The us version understands "full stop" as well. I said it while texting a friend the other day and intended for it to spell it out. Instead, it inserted the punctuation.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 05:16 PM   #11
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paragraphs

how do you get Siri to make a new paragraph. LOL I said Paragraph and that's what she typed.

I am amazed at how well she does with text and emails. It's great.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 05:25 PM   #12
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how do you get Siri to make a new paragraph. LOL I said Paragraph and that's what she typed.
Try saying "new paragraph".
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Old Oct 23, 2011, 11:27 AM   #13
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Smile Use "new paragraph" instead of "new line"

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I believe she interprets any punctuation you say as the actual character.

Like period, exclamation point, colon, etc.

Also "newline" is interpreted as a, well, new line. This in theory would work nicely when making a new note that's, say, a list of grocery items. You could say "Add bananas newline grapes newline apples newline to the grocery items note" And Siri will display it as

"bananas
grapes
apples"


But unfortunately all the items wind up on the same line in the actual note. Probably a bug.

EDIT: here's an example of that.
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Although I have found Siri to be amazingly flexible and "new line" should produce what you describe, I've found that I have to say "new paragraph" to get a hard return.

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Hi folks.

Through playing with my new 4S, as well as Siri in the past few days, I've discovered several shortcuts and tricks to punctuation in using Siri. I figured I'd make a thread where we can discuss little tricks we've found to make Siri perform as we'd luck, so please, feel free to expend upon this post with other tips you've found.

One very interesting finding I had made, this morning, is...

If you say "Smile Face" ------------ Siri interprets it as ":-)"

If you say "Wink Face" ------------ Siri interprets it as ";-)"


Of course, there are also more simple things, like...

If you say "Period" ------------ Siri interprets it as "."

If you say "Coma" ------------ Siri interprets it as ","

If you say "Exclamation Point" ------------ Siri interprets it as "!"

If you say "Question Mark" ------------ Siri interprets it as "?"

Even things, a little more complicated, such as...

If you say "Open Parenthesis" ------------ Siri interprets it as "("

If you say "Close Parenthesis" ------------ Siri interprets it as ")"

If you say "Open Quotation" ------------ Siri interprets it as """

If you say "Close Quotation" ------------ Siri interprets it as """

If you say "All Caps" before a "word" ---- Siri interprets it as "WORD"

Now, what I'm curious to, is what if you literally wanted to write one of these things. What if you're telling to tell someone to make a wink face, close a quotation, etc. How does Siri know that what I'm saying is demanding her to do something, as opposed to writing it in my text. I guess it will get better and smarter over time.

Please, do feel free to add to this thread! I'd love to hear your findings!
Thanks for the list. I've found Siri requires "new paragraph" to create a hard return.
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 12:46 PM   #14
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Adult Siri Answer

I was driving home from fishing with my wife and we decided to look for a pizza joint in Colorado Springs. I asked Siri to find Beu Joe's pizza parlor. Siri came back with "I cannot find blowjob. Would you like me to search the Internet for blowjob?"

We laughed so hard we nearly had to pull the car over!

Except for a spelling error, I typed this whole comment in Siri.

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Does anyone know if Siri will do a hard return?
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Old Dec 9, 2013, 03:21 AM   #15
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I have found that if you say "next line" Siri will return to a new line, unlike new paragraph where it retunes two lines.
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Old Dec 9, 2013, 11:28 AM   #16
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I'm not sure which ones work/don't work on iOS but this comes in handy for Mac dictation: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5449

Then go to detailed list of dictation commands
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