The Siri Punctuation & Shortcuts Thread

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by musika, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. musika, Oct 16, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011

    musika macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
    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!
  2. f00f, Oct 16, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011

    f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    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


    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.
  3. Nickpocalypse macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2011
    Vancouver, BC, CA
    From Girlfriend:

    "Bad news. I missed my . ."

    ... eh, that doesn't sound like something I need to worry about.
  4. james92se macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    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. :(
  5. allmanbrother macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2010
    United States
    Thanks these are super useful, I didn't even realize you could do half of these.
  6. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk

    LOL funny.

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

    I think I missed my period.
  7. nomad7674 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    Saying "ellipsis" will also insert "..."

    "Quote" will inset a quote mark.

    Very impressive.
  8. smr macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Shropshire, UK
    Note that with the UK version of Siri you need to say "full stop" rather than "period".
  9. alucinari macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    "Bad news. I missed my full stop."?
  10. jyakimic macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2009
    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.
  11. ticman macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2009

    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.
  12. jpcarro macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2009
    On your nine
    Try saying "new paragraph".
  13. DrRob macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2011
    Use "new paragraph" instead of "new line"

    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.


    Thanks for the list. I've found Siri requires "new paragraph" to create a hard return.
  14. iMikes macrumors newbie


    Apr 12, 2013
    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.


    Does anyone know if Siri will do a hard return?
  15. tibimel macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2013
    I have found that if you say "next line" Siri will return to a new line, unlike new paragraph where it retunes two lines.
  16. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    I'm not sure which ones work/don't work on iOS but this comes in handy for Mac dictation:

    Then go to detailed list of dictation commands

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