Another Benign Violation: Autocorrect Fails

From the T9 function on flip phones to Swype on smart phones, spelling mis-predictions are the bane of handheld communication.

It’s hard to catch all the typos  that result from Autocorrect Fails.

Using The Benign Violation Theory, we can break down when Autocorrect Fails will be (especially) funny.


Humor arises when something is wrong yet okay, threatening yet safe, or what we call a benign violation. Autocorrect Fails are funny when something really wrong is communicated in a text conversation – but it is okay because you didn’t make the mistake.

In this way, the biggest fails get some of the biggest laughs.