Is There Intersexuality in this Periscope?

Is There Intersexuality in this Periscope? May 18, 2015

Bryan Lewis suggested on Facebook that pericope is a word that Biblical studies scholars ought to phase out, perhaps replacing it with something more commonly used in English, such as “passage.”

I suggested that a good reason for phasing out pericope is that it is not in most electronic devices’ dictionaries, and so has a tendency to autocorrect to periscope. Indeed, I recently read a draft of a manuscript which had “periscope” where “pericope” was meant.

And so Bryan shared two images of the offered autocorrections on his own computer:

intertextuality autocorrect  pericope autocorrect

Hence the title of this post. I could well imagine a New Testament article in which unproofread autocorrect led to reference being made to “intersexuality in this Pauline periscope” or something of that sort.

What words that ought to be in your device’s dictionary are not, leading to frustrating autocorrects? And what terms have become so obscure that they ought to be phased out, and not just for the technologically-related reasons mentioned above?

Obviously setting autocorrect wisely, and proofreading, are also viable solutions to this problem…

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  • Betwixt-and-Between

    Three words: “add to dictionary”. =D

  • Very funny,

  • Gary

    Having worked for the Navy for many years, I thought immediately when hearing, “intersexuality in this Pauline periscope”, that the U.S. Navy had finally allowed women to serve on submarines. Of course, Pauline was the first officer on duty. Of course, she also violated Paul’s previous directive. This was because Admiral Paul was a Vice Admiral. Intersexuality was not allowed.

  • Hey now! I did add them to the dictionary. New Mac install is to blame. 🙂

  • Eric

    Found this a couple years back in the journal, Verbum et Ecclesia. Look at the abbreviated title at the very bottom of the page.