We’re all grown-ups here right?
Ever since the iPhone launched, there has been an interesting phenominon going on. While texting typos have been going down, the number of nonsensical statements have been going up.
Sometimes the iPhone likes to do more than just correcting spelling. As an example: recently a friend of mine posted to twitter and his iPhone promptly sabotaged his profanity
The iPhone just doesn’t seem to like salty language – the little prude.
I know there are a few iphone enthusiasts who believe in the power of a well placed curse word. And there are some who think its just crass. We can argue over who is right, but there is a little hack to help out the former. It turns out that the iPhone will look into your address book and learn the names of your friends. I discovered this for myself the first time I tried to text my wife Asako, whose name is not typically in any dictionary but is in my Mac Address Book. The iPhone can be educated!
A few of my friends over at Bug Labs and I were talking about how you can get around this problem while we were (appropriately) at a bar last night. I whipped up what I think is a pretty nice solution.
Here you can see that the iPhone will actually help you curse like a sailor. If you would like to drop some f-bombs, just download this vCard and add it to your Address Book. Captain Ribald Filibuster III happens to work at a rather rude shipping company. Just be sure not to introduce him to your children. Unfortunately the iPhone doesn’t appear to look into your contacts’ note fields so I can’t use that as a way to bulk out the vocabulary with abundant expletives. Perhaps someone out there has a solution for a better way? Twitter me your ideas.
Update This trick seems to be getting a lot of coverage in the blogoshpere lately after it was written up at tntluoma.com. As far as I know it’s been possible on the iPhone since day one. Kind of neat when multiple people have the same good idea. Also, I like the name of the contact I have set aside for this in the VCard. What’s really interesting there is how a comment war broke out about whether or not people should swear. Definitely worth checking it out.