A spelling-correcting twitbot is the kind of invention that could get someone shanked.


Had a spare hour last Thursday and decided to write a little twitter bot. There he is above. His name is Grammer_Man and he corrects other twitter users' misspellings, using data scraped from these Wikipedia pages.
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15 Responses:

  1. peter says:

    thanks for the warning, user is marked for spam and blocked.

  2. Jon Shea says:

    See also: @StealthMountain. “I alert twitter users that they typed sneak peak when they meant sneak peek. I live a sad life.” https://twitter.com/#!/StealthMountain/favorites

  3. Jon says:

    I'm guessing this is on purpose (just checked: yes, sort-of.) but 'grammer' really jumps out at me. ERK!

    • Nick Lamb says:

      Which part is on purpose? Not being able to spell its own name? Or is the use of "grammar" to mean "aspects of language that aren't actually grammar" also on purpose?

      Not to mention that it's relying on some arbitrary list that might be (read, probably is) incorrect in places.

      • Kyzer says:

        The arbitrary list in question - there are only 4224 entries and they all seem legitimate to me. Please point out the incorrect listings, as you think there probably are.

        • Nick Lamb says:

          You mean things like it deciding that "mohammedan" is a typo for "muslim", rather than a completely different word albeit a related one?

          • Kyzer says:

            If you're writing this century, and if you're on Twitter I presume you are, then "mohammedan" is a definitely the wrong word to refer to a muslim. You occidental dastard.

    • Lloyd says:

      In the grand tradition of Apache's mod_speling module.

  4. Nightbird says:

    Damn You Auto Correct comes to Twitter. :)

    • hattifattener says:

      Next: a pedant-bot that always makes subtly, hilariously incorrect suggestions.

  5. DFB says:

    I like the one which only responds to Tweets with "(sp?)" -- more Second (and Third) Law compliant.