Trying again re Cupertino Effect

Subject: Trying again re Cupertino Effect
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:22:02 -0500 (CDT)

I have no idea why my first email arrived with all content stripped out. I hope this gets through.

Just found this -- I'd ripped it out of the newspaper a while back. (Yes, I am a doddering old soul who still rips things out of physical newspapers.)

Evidently, Word 97's spellchecker for British English catches "cooperation" as an error, but instead of suggesting "co-operation" as the correction, it suggests "Cupertino."

"As a result of the quirk, "Cupertino" started to make all sorts of unwarranted appearances. A 1999 paper from NATO referred to the "Organization for Security and CupertinoÂin Europe." An EU publication from 2003 spoke hopefully of the "scope for Cupertino" on a certain project."

I particularly like anotherÂcorrection: "a Reuters story which changed the name of the Muttahida Quami movement of Pakistan into the Muttonhead Quail movement."

Maybe this is old hat to everyone but me, but it gave me a giggle.


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