Do you auto-correct when someone says something wrong?

Philippines
October 5, 2010 3:47am CST
I have noticed that whenever I hear someone say something wrong, like mispronounce a word, I would whisper to myself the correct answer. I have found my friends laughing at me when I do that because I do not notice it. It's like a reflex already. Are you like that? Why do you think we auto-correct?
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@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
hello again lyn, in some cases i would say,i am also like you. there are times i can hear someone say wrong grammar then i would try to speak the right grammar to myself or just in my mind.if it was a close friend who is telling stories to me or explaining something and we are the only two people talking,i would definitely tell him/her the right grammar myself. only if we are close enough.if i am not that close to him/her i would just blurt it out in my mind.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
hey there again annavi. Well, I am glad that I'm not the only one who does that. I really thought that it was weird at first. Why do you think we auto-correct? haha
@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
haha,well,i think that it's an automatic function our brain has. we can sometimes not recognize it cause it's our initial reactions when hearing or interpreting other's sayings. and we simply know the right word or grammar for that.that's why we sometimes do auto-correct them. i guess,there's nothing wrong with that.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
I totally agree! I can't believe someone here called us crazy for being like this! lol
• United States
5 Oct 10
i am not like that when i do correct people its just to be annoying or when the person keeps talking and won't shut up or listen to anyone else. i don't know why i do it but i do it to my girl cause she does it to me all the time, and she does it cause she doesn't like when people say wrong things
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
Perhaps people do it because other people do it to them too. If the person who I auto-correct is someone who corrects me a lot, then I make it a point that when they do say something wrong, I auto-correct them the same way they would.
• United States
6 Oct 10
that's true i make sure i do it to her but its just to be funny
• Philippines
7 Oct 10
When I'm not in a bad mood, I do it for fun. lol
• United States
6 Oct 10
I know exactly what you mean!! This "reflex" as I call it has gotten me into so much trouble in the past. It is very helpful when I'm correcting my own work, but I can never seem to hold back when correcting someone's grammar or when they mispronounce something. I don't think I've ever actually had someone thank me for doing it, so the only reason I can explain for doing it is personal habit. I'm so correcting of myself that it comes out when interacting with others. I'm sure its pretty close to why you do it as well.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
I think it really is a reflex. Even when I am talking to someone and then I make a mistake, I correct myself too. They laugh me at, and it is funny, but it's a reflex. I can't stop me at all. You're one of the few people who do this auto-correction exactly like I do.
• United States
6 Oct 10
I really try not to say any of it out loud, but these things happen, and yes when I correct myself it is always an awkward moment as well.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I used to say the correct way to pronounce the word. I noticed myself doing that a lot, and have tried to stop. I have one friend that always pronounces certain things wrong and I have corrected her several times. She keeps saying things the same way. I tried to stop correcting her, as she doesn't seem to think it's wrong, and being corrected all the time would be very annoying.
• Philippines
7 Oct 10
It is a really difficult habit to stop. Well, habits are very difficult to change as you've become accustomed to them. With people who do not want to be corrected, well, I just correct them when they make very bad mistakes.
• United States
6 Oct 10
I have the bad habit of correcting other people. I don't mean to do it, I just do. As for you correcting yourself...Other than being made fun of I would think this would eventually help you say the word or words correctly.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
It will help me. It's a good thing I don't make a lot of mistakes. I am such a perfectionist when it comes to communicating.
@vhings_88 (294)
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
Sometimes I do but no too loud to be heard by others or sometimes I just smile so that no one will be embarrassed.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
Well good for you. Keep on doing that. =) Thanks for sharing!
@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Uhmn,yes,i do that in silence,like talking to myself (too soft not to let other people hear me) It's automatic when we heard mispronounced words,esp when we know the proper and correct pronunciation. It's normal,and healthy,just don't let the other people hear you that loud,they might misunderstood you or you might hurt their feelings.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
Thanks for the advice. I'll try not to whisper a little too loud. That is if I can help it. =)
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
5 Oct 10
No I never auto-correct, because what is true for one may not be true for another. Truth and fiction are relevant! What is true today may not have been true yesterday. Who's to say or correct someone who could be right or wrong depending on the time or place." All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."~ Arthur Schopenhauer~
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
We are talking about words being mispronounced, and not truth and fiction. Walk will always be pronounced walk, right? It's not like it would be altered tomorrow and be pronounced "wowk".
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
5 Oct 10
I use to do that when I was younger, but have broken that habit. If a person mispronounces a word once, I don't say anything because it really doesn't matter and we have moved on in the conversation anyways. I will still auto-correct a mispronounced word in my head and not say it out loud.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
It has become a habit, but it's more like a reflex. I want to stop but I don't know how.
@sjhaeki (798)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Sometimes i do that, and sometimes i don't whisper it or think about it i just say it in front of the person i'm talking to. of course, i don't do it always and to strangers, pretty much to friends and i do it in a subtle, tacky way. i really don't know why we sometimes auto-correct people maybe it's because we know how it is supposed to be pronounced and there's just something in us, humans, that we don't like hearing it pronounced wrong. or we don't want them to continue mispronouncing them and be laughed at by others. most of the times i just thought about how it is supposed to be said or just mumble it to myself, after all, i also wonder why i auto-correct people when i also make mistakes myself. and i somehow tell myself on that too.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
There are times that I do not whisper the correct word because the person who is talking to me is a senior or someone who should not be interrupted. Therefore I correct him in my mind, or I turn to my friend who auto-corrects as well and tell her. She usually notices it also. And I think you're right by saying that we probably do the auto-correction because we don't like hearing the word be mispronounced. Sometimes when I auto-correct, I tend to laugh at the mistakes when it really is that bad. =D
• India
5 Oct 10
Hello, No!! What am I, crazy? Everyone will stop talking to me if I put reaction each time they make mistakes. I just try to understand what the person is trying to say. I try to extract the main idea and filter out the rest. About pronunciation, I had a funny experience recently. I went to a institution and the teacher asked me the spelling of a word. Now, she pronounced it in such a weird way, that I invariably misspelled it. Then when I looked at the written word a second time, I suddenly realized what she was trying to say. I wrote it again, this time correct. She rebuked me for being absent minded, but I kinda digested that. Not all people are ready to accept their faults, so it's better not to protest in some occasions. Spelling of a word is often related to the way we pronounce it. So it is necessary to pronounce the word correctly to write the right spelling. Thanks. God bless you.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Excuse me, but are you trying to say that people who auto-correct are crazy? Is that what you mean? It may seem rude when people do auto-correct when there are mistakes but that doesn't mean they're crazy. And I don't think that a person could squeeze in a good number of grammatical errors and mispronounce words in a paragraph, could they?
@visavis (5945)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Both of us with the same shoes and situation because sometimes its too late to realize that whisper already the right word. Yes you definitely did not noticed it because automatically your mind and mouth response quickly. For me you cannot avoid it automatically or correct it automatically unless your other senses would quickly act accordingly - like your mind dictate your hands to cover it at the time your ear heard something wrong, the tendency the mouth will be shut off. So the bottom lime is you much aware for all the action may take.... thanks
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I do understand that it has become some sort of a reflex already. I don't think I like it a lot but it's already there. I can't do anything about.
@llbo1981 (1242)
• China
5 Oct 10
I don't auto-correct someone saying something wrong.I will wait for the person say his words to the end.And then,i will correct his words and express my advice.The human have two ears and one mouth,so we should listen more and say less.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I never said I interrupt that person. I just whisper it to myself.
@cheravs (620)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
If I hate you I will auto-laugh inside my head.hahaha..If it is my friend or I like you I do excuse and try to correct you in a proper way or whisper or wait the conversation to be done and tell you about your wrong pronunciation.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
lol That's right though. I would also do the same. Thanks for sharing. =)
@rastogisw (446)
• India
5 Oct 10
Well this is something very different that you whisper .though I never did that but if in case I like to correct someone and they are my friend then I directly told them or if that is not possible then I will correct in my mind but i wont whisper ...normally I do this with some other work.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I know, right? I also have a friend who does the same thing and we tell each other that we're whispering the correction again. It's weird.
@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 10
I don't really do but most of my friends will ask me to correct them if they think their pronunciation is wrong. I laughed when I read about how you whisper the correct answer to yourself though. I could picture you so well doing that in a real life lol. I haven't met anyone or any of my friend who is doing that but I do have few friend who do auto-correcting, maybe they just wanted to help the other person just for the sake of helping I believe.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I wonder why I do that. lol Don't picture me out, you'd just laugh out loud again. It really ticks me off when people mispronounce or have grammatical errors, though.
@onlywan (182)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I do that when the situation requires me to but in normal conversations wherein perfection is not necessary, I don't do it specially if I'm not close to the person I'm talking to.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Wow. Now it makes me wonder whether or not I am a perfectionist when it comes to communicating.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
15 Nov 10
yes, many times.it came spontaneously from my mouth.some of people can accept it while some did not.they thought i made some jokes with it but i did not.it happened just like that~they can't blame me actually.perhaps i should just correct it without pronounce it clearly-whispering to myself like you.
@lindsiko (358)
• United States
9 Oct 10
I grew up in a household that was very grammatically conscious. My grandmother would constantly correct anyone who mispronounced anything. Whenever anyone says they did something "on accident" I cringe as I remember my grandma saying it's "by accident." I also constantly correct my sister-in-law when she spells things wrong. I can't help it! It's the same when someone is singing a little bit offkey. I have to sing the note to myself to correct it in my mind.
• Malaysia
8 Oct 10
I will correct myself if i found that i mispronounce. But i won't correct others when they did so. Because i have a close friend who always do so and me myself find it very embarass especially when i was corrected in front of lots of people.