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Harold O.
12-07-2012, 02:22 PM
It's a minor annoyance, to be sure, but spellcheckers keep highlighting "uke" when I type. Of course we all use it. And it even happens here at the UU forum.

So the question is: how much longer do you suppose it will be before the world at large (or at least those in charge of making computer dictionaries) come around and decide that "uke" is acceptable?

ukemunga
12-07-2012, 02:31 PM
Probably not soon. In whatever program, as long as all they do is highlight as opposed to autocorrect, no harm done.

In some programs you can easily add the word to an exceptions dictionary. Doesn't address the root of the problem but fixes it locally.

coolkayaker1
12-07-2012, 02:47 PM
So the question is: how much longer do you suppose it will be before the world at large (or at least those in charge of making computer dictionaries) come around and decide that "uke" is acceptable?

It'll pass the spellcheckers now if you use the popularly accepted term: toy guitar.

Harold O.
12-07-2012, 05:08 PM
It'll pass the spellcheckers now if you use the popularly accepted term: toy guitar.

heh heh

I have it set on my home computer's dictionary to let it pass, so I know how to deal with it. My question is more a curiosity than anything else. Think of the terms dictionaries recognize now that they didn't just a few years ago.

There are a host of computer ones like internet, online, modem, fax. Yahoo works but Google doesn't unless you capitalize it. Of course a yahoo can be a loud goofball, or an internet website (all of which words pass muster here on the UU dictionary filter—though UU does not).

coolkayaker1
12-07-2012, 05:17 PM
It's a good point that you make about the word "uke" in this, your 1000th post.

The Big Kahuna
12-07-2012, 07:19 PM
Spellchecker Top Tip #5,291

When the boss' PA is out to lunch, edit the autocorrect in Microsoft Word on her PC to insert rude words in place of the surnames of all members of staff on a higher salary than you.

coolkayaker1
12-07-2012, 07:41 PM
Spellchecker Top Tip #5,291

When the boss' PA is out to lunch, edit the autocorrect in Microsoft Word on her PC to insert rude words in place of the surnames of all members of staff on a higher salary than you.

An exceptional idea. And, on top of that, autocorrect the boss' PA's name over that of his wife.

The Big Kahuna
12-07-2012, 07:48 PM
An exceptional idea. And, on top of that, autocorrect the boss' PA's name over that of his wife.

A most excellent refinement dear boy. You are welcome to join my group of International Anti-Superhero Criminal Masterminds. Just as soon as my mum finishes designing the outfits.

zac987
12-07-2012, 09:01 PM
People have been saying "uke" forever lol. I don't think you'll be seeing it on a spell check dictionary anytime soon.

Why do we use "uke", and other instrument players don't use shortened versions of their names?

You-koo-lay-lee
gee-tar
ban-jo
man-do-lin (to be fair, they use "mando")

It's all in the syllables, my friend.

coolkayaker1
12-07-2012, 09:15 PM
why we have the word at all. Is the word "uke" just used by people selling ukuleles and those who like to think they are cool?

It's used because we can't spell ukelule.

Oh, and because we're cool. Ya, that, too.

coolkayaker1
12-07-2012, 09:17 PM
A most excellent refinement dear boy. You are welcome to join my group of International Anti-Superhero Criminal Masterminds. Just as soon as my mum finishes designing the outfits. LMAO, BK.

Just tell her to make sure my superhero outfit has one of those trap doors on the rear. Thanks.

jackwhale
12-08-2012, 09:03 AM
I use 'uke' all the time but I'm never happy to see a baritone referred to as a 'bari'.
Of course I call our instrument an 'ookulele' but uke becomes a 'yooke'. Never an 'ooke'.

kvehe
12-08-2012, 09:14 AM
My iPad always tries to capitalize it. That is very annoying. Or maybe the iPad is just showing it the proper amount of respect.