A few weeks ago I discovered that someone, presumably one of my friends, had manipulated my iPhone so that every time I try to type “no” it gets replaced with “dick” and every time I use “also” it gets replaced with “ballsack.” I’m not kidding (see screenshots).
Why am I still suffering this inconvenience and constant risk of embarrassment? Because it’s obviously a gift (of sorts) from someone who knows my sense of humor, and while it slows down my communication a little in that I have to X out the suggested word and actually read my texts before I send them, it makes me laugh every time. In summary: net gain.
It also provided me this lightbulb moment:
Let’s say you have a bad word habit. You say “no” to too many things. You say “yes” to too many things. You say “I’m sorry” too much. You still use “retarded.” You get the idea.
What if you used this crafty little prank to get yourself to stop saying/using/texting words that you don’t want to use so much, or at all?
You can create text shortcuts for a word. Type in the word you don’t want to use, type in a word with which to always replace said word every time you do try to use it and voilà — you’ll have an automatic habit reformer, or at the very least, a reminder about how terrible your linguistic habits are. And of course you can just use this special technique to play tricks on your friends. That is obviously plenty worthwhile too.