The Art of Botanical Illustration by Wilfred Blunt
First Edition 1950
Travelling light when on location, I use my phone for emails.
Recently, I looked back over some old files and consequently decided to turn-off the predictive text on my mobile.
This is because I noticed typos where the predictive text had changed a word or a letter in the title of a book that I had recommended to my students. As well as this, some titles of my own work had been altered to strange and unrelated words.
The Art of Botanical Illustration, the title of a book that I had recommended to my students, had been altered by the predictive text into The Art of Botanical Painting, which actually is the title of another book that I had also recommended.
A couple of years ago, an erudite writer on botanical art had drawn my attention to the title of The Art of Botanical Illustration, in the context of an email I had written to her. I wondered why this was so. Now I completely understand why.
The failure was of course all mine, for writing too fast, and not paying enough attention to what the predictive text had altered.
My overdue recognition of this error has encouraged me to ponder further on how I have relied on predictive text far too often. I should have always taken a few more seconds of time to spell check.
Lesson learnt. I am sorry for the confusion. No more predictive text.