Stop Helping Me: murder by auto-correct

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Sydde, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Sydde macrumors 68020

    Sydde

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    A Manchester man killed a friend over a text message that came out incitefully wrong. He meant to write "mutter" but the iPhone decided he meant "nutter". His friend stormed over to his flat, a fight ensued, much stabbing, death. Both of these guys seem to be/have been pretty grossly unbalanced.

    Story in the Daily Mail

    (Oddly, as I was typing this, I started typing "wite", meaning to type "write" and it offered me "witenagemot"??)
     
  2. gkarris macrumors 604

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  3. R94N macrumors 68020

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    I have made some badly spelt tweets with autocorrect but that's in a completely different league.
     
  4. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    i'd love to know what sentence he wrote with the word "mutter".

    and what sentence would make a guy go berserk with a word "nutter" in it.

    i can imagine, the sentence would not make a lot of sense.
     
  5. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like there were much bigger issues here than a simple spelling error.
     
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Perhaps he took being a grammar nazi too seriously.
     
  7. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Yeah, seriously. I don't think there's ANYTHING that anyone could text me, spelling error or no, that would cause me to fly into a murderous rampage.
     
  8. iowamensan macrumors 6502

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    I wonder if it will show up on damnyouautocorrect.com?
     
  9. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    See the Asperger's thread.
     
  10. 21stcenturykid macrumors 6502

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    The iPhone was clearly correct that man was a nutter!
     
  11. Merthyrboy macrumors 6502

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    Thats a pretty drastic reaction for a misspelt word. The amount of wounds that he inflicted as well to that spelling mistake.
     

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