Looking for self-knowledge in the custom dictionary of words that I have unintentionally been training my smartphone to recognize
The words we use really can define you, particularly when you're looking at 1,350 of them that you've tried to teach your phone. As part of my reporting on mobile phone forensics, I got a peek at the custom dictionary in my iPhone.
As a writer, I figured there would be deep lessons about the words I use, but it turns out that most of what you can learn from my dictionary is funny, but not deep. What was there, though, was really obvious. Without too much difficulty you could deduce:
2. I use awesome and its variants too often. You will find awesome, awesomer and awesomest in my custom dictionary. (Also: yesss, yessssss and yesyesyes.)
3. I am a suffix lover. Here's just a sampling of the words I've bent to my will: dumbassery, convenientish, boutiquey, boringness, homeish, nowish, thinktanky.
4. I write text messages in Spanish sometimes. There are probably a hundred Spanish words in the dictionary from anoche to tiene.