Simply typing "go-" makes his predictive text turn up with all sorts of suggestions right from "good afternoon" to "gonorrhea".

Bengaluru comedians love-hate relationship with predictive text feature will make you ROFLScreenshot/YouTube
Social Comedy Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 16:42

Everyone who has a smartphone will know about the difficult relationship with predictive text. While it corrects your spelling errors and even finishes your sentences when you're texting...

The tool just doesn't get it sometimes and goes into hyper drive with its bombastic word suggestions.

Take for example the case of Naveen Richard, a comedian who hails from Bengaluru, who talks about how this technology is as annoying as it is mind blowing. 

In a mono act where he plays himself and his phone's predictive text feature, he narrates what happened when he wanted to know his roommate's preference for dinner:

The simple act of typing "go-" makes his predictive text turn up with all sorts of suggestions right from "good afternoon" to "gonorrhea" just as "or-" results in everything from "orangutan" to "orgasm". Finally, an annoyed Naveen turns the predictions off, only to realise he cannot spell "schezwan" without them.  

But ultimately, if it were up to his phone's predictive text, he'd be "sorry" every time he wrote "I am". And despite all the autocorrect fails and embarrassment it may cause us, the act accurately describes our love-hate relationship with predictive text!

The sketch performed at the Cuckoo Club in Mumbai at the "Go Straight Take Left" sketch comedy show. The video was uploaded on Sunday and has over 43,000 views. 

Naveen also features in AIB's series Better Life Foundation, which is a mockumentary about the inner workings of a fictional NGO.

 

 

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