The Cupertino effect

We’ve all seen hilarious autocorrections from spell checkers. This collection will have you laughing so hard you cry.

It turns out that there is a name for those crazily inappropriate autocorrections. It is called the Cupertino effect. Some early spell checkers had “co-operation” as a hyphenated word but did not have the unhyphenated “cooperation”. Their dictionaries did include the word “Cupertino” so the spell checkers happily “corrected” the (already correct) word “cooperation” with “Cupertino”.

The result was even some official documents ended up as “South Asian Association for Regional Cupertino” and “presentation on African-German Cupertino.”

Don’t trust spell checkers.

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