or au·to·cor·rect, Au·to·cor·rect
[ aw-toh-kuh-rekt ]
/ ˌɔ toʊ kəˈrɛkt /
a software feature that automatically replaces a word in a word-processed document, text message, spreadsheet, or search box, or suggests an alternative word, if the word does not appear in a built-in dictionary.
verb (used with or without object)
to correct by use of this built-in dictionary: I typed ‘foluw’, and it autocorrected to ‘follow’.
Is It “I Wish I Were” Or “I Wish I Was”?Picture it. You are texting your buddy, and you type out “I wish I were.” But there’s that pesky autocorrect, trying to change it to “I wish I was.” Is autocorrect ducking with you, or are you about to commit a grammar faux pas?
Related formsau·to·cor·rec·tion, noun
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Note that the software in question is slightly different from autocorrect.
With autocorrect, a user types a word, and halfway through the software will guess at what it thinks the person means.