Well, T9 has made that a little bit more difficult, because according to the language there’s no such word as doppelganger.* And now it’s too late, bizarro me has already taken me out.
Here’s a relevant and excellent SNL Digital Short (and as it just missed out on my upcoming best SNL sketches of the decade list, I’m happy to get the opportunity to use it here):
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*Interestingly this sketch was hard to find for a similar reason. It’s not that Hulu does not recognize the word doppelganger, is that’s they spelled it doppleganger. But I guess we’re all wrong and it should be: doppelgänger. Oh, languages can be so much fun!
When we started this blog back in the Triassic Age of March 2009 one of the regular features was “Words T9 Doesn’t Know.” As the site has developed, and as we found more entertaining, more useful content to write about, the number of T9 posts dropped (also due to finding less and less T9 omissions and, probably, sheer laziness), but as we look ahead to an even better year at Jumped The Snark in 2010, let’s look back and note one more egregious T9 blind spot:
What if I was trying to text tweet a mystery novel from my cell phone? How would I let people know that the plot was becoming more complex? What if I was trying to explain to a drunk friend via text when his Kraft Mac & Cheese would be ready to eat? Leaving out “thickens” just seems reckless, T9.
And may 2010 be just as reckless.
I discovered that T9 does not know the word “ouch.” Could have sworn I used it before, but my phone seemed to have no knowledge of its existence. Ouch indeed, T9.
P.S. Sorry for the pun.
T9 will not delivery Groovy, permissing only as far as “groov.” That most certainly is not.
Scientology. And that kinda scares me.
Mindy can only go as far as “Mind”
Theresa shows up as “Thesesa,” which, as far as I know, is not a name.
As in I went to Ikea, Target and Costco all in one day. Held off on the hot dog at Ikea for the soda and pizza at Costco. And samples.
T-9 says: Triedatc
- Texting (variation on a theme)
After using a work-supplied Treo for two years, I had to go back to my college-era LG phone after being let go and having my phone snatched back (not that I’m really complaining about losing a phone that ran on a Windows operating system). Soon after returning to this phone, a phone I actually care for very much, I became increasingly frustrated with its limited T9 vocabulary. Thus here is a sampling of words T9 doesn’t know (apparently it’s main blind spot is food):
- Bagels (but not “bagel”)
- Texted (ironic)
- Mets (but yes to “Yankees”