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Words Your iPhone Won't Spell-Check: Abortion, Rape

But it will suggest 'abiogenesis': Daily Beast
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 11:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Got the latest version of iOS on your phone? Don't expect spell-check to help you out when you type "abortiom." After using an iOS 6 simulator, the Daily Beast found iPhones do not offer spelling suggestions for a range of fairly common but controversial words, even when they're misspelled by just one letter—and even though they're recognized as words when spelled right. Among them: "rape," "murder," "homoerotic," and "marijuana." (If you test this yourself and your phone does offer corrections, it may be due to the dictionary's learning capacity, the Beast notes.)

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The phone's spelling quirks are compounded by the fact that it does correct infrequently used words like "abiogenesis," "electrodialysis," and "pigsticker." "I hate to say it, but I don't think this should surprise anyone," says an electronic free-speech advocate. "Apple is one of the most censorious companies out there." Indeed, it's not part of an online free-expression partnership that includes Google and Microsoft, she notes. Worth pointing out: Spell-check, which allows you can tap on a misspelled word that's underlined in red to get alternative spellings, is not the same as auto-correct, which guesses at the word as you type; the Beast's analysis looked only at the spell-check feature. (Read more iPhone stories.)

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