Dave Itzkoff, a culture reporter for the New York Times, tweeted a screenshot this morning of an autocorrect fail his iPhone very unfortunately suggested.
Itzkoff, who is Jewish, had his device suggest "kike" as one of three words to replace the obviously correctly spelled "like" at the end of his text message. Kike, if you don't know, is an offensive word in the Jewish community. From Dictionary.com:
Now, autocorrect software pulls suggestions from a stored dictionary of words, but it also adapts to a users habits and preferences. (Even if you spell a word incorrectly long enough, autocorrect will begin suggesting that incorrect spelling to you.) Unless Itzkoff uses the derogatory word regularly, it's interesting that his iPhone would suggest it for him. But it doesn't seem that he does:
@ryan_hallett only when I text with my white power group. (don't tell them i'm Jewish.)— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 14, 2014
What's your worst autocorrect story?