Autocorrect gets a multicultural makeover because English isn't the only language we text in
A South African cider brand is making it easy to add words in other languages to the lackluster spell-checker
Dec 12, 2019
What the duck is happening? I hate this piece of shirt!
Even native English speakers have a tough time with autocorrect, that often-misguided spell-checker that turns cathartic swearing into a movie script edited for TBS. But try using any other language on a phone that isn’t specifically set up for it. Every other word gets a comical or nonsensical approximation that makes predictive text all but useless.
Now South African alcohol brand Savanna Cider is broadening autocorrect’s horizons. “Decolonise Autocorrect,” a campaign from Grey South Africa, packages up hundreds of common words in languages like Sotho and Xhosa commonly spoken in South Africa, a nation with 11 official languages.
Each language pack is saved as a contact file, which many phones automatically add to their dictionaries. So party information like “Ba bang batla” (Others are attending) doesn’t get turned into “Gang-bang the baklava.” It’s not that kind of party.