A tiddly tale

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Key.

I’ve decided against attempting an audio for reasons which may become apparent!





I hated mobile phones when they first appeared, I preferred proper telephones with curly cables but being a trendy dude I bought myself one.

I got my first text, ‘hi keith how u doin c-in r tomoz 4t u mite cum 2 luv mary’ 

What was Mary saying?

When I had a go at replying, my mobile used something I now know to be  ‘predictive text’ which reads my mind and writes what it thinks I’m trying to say.

‘Hell mare, watch was yolk massage a boot, I did nut undertake it, plaice foam me, lovely, Key’.

Oh dear, I decided to call her on a proper phone and apparently she was going to see our friend Rosey the next night and thought I might like to go too, so I did.

*Thanks to  Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting!


40 thoughts on “A tiddly tale

  1. Sadje Jun 9, 2022 / 12:02

    Haha! This has happened to me so Many times. 😂😂😂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 9, 2022 / 13:37

      I couldn’t have asked for a more interesting, sorry, baffling comment, Doug!!!


  2. Chris Hall Jun 9, 2022 / 15:32

    Oh Keith, I feel a ‘ludditesque’ comment coming on… I even miss those curly cables which always got into a knot!


    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 9, 2022 / 15:43

      They always did and usually at the most inconvenient moments! I’m sure we all have ludditesquian moments now and again!


  3. Suzette Benjamin Jun 9, 2022 / 15:38

    I laugh so hard at this one Keith. Bravo!
    The predictive text is a hoot at the best of time…”please foam me…” LOL 🤣🤣

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ceayr Jun 9, 2022 / 15:42

    Jings, mate that went wheeching over my head too.
    4t for ‘thought’ jist disnae work in Scotland!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 9, 2022 / 15:48

      I was in Glasgow at the weekend and some of the conversations I overheard were just as confusing to my sassenach mind!


  5. Jenne Gray Jun 9, 2022 / 16:14

    Still laughing, Keith. Many’s the misunderstanding… Mind you, I thought Mary was meeting R for tea. But then we don’t do diphthongs up here.


    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 9, 2022 / 17:19

      Goodness knows what she was doing! You, with a little help from Google, have taught me a new word, diphthongs! I can’t imagine life without them.


  6. UP Jun 9, 2022 / 19:39

    a much needed dose of humor in my day.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. clark Jun 9, 2022 / 19:43

    Keith, dude!

    I’ll mail you five dollars (US) to do the audio of this Post.

    Hubris in technology? ‘Predictive’ text yeah.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Staarlz Jun 10, 2022 / 03:08

    Hilarious…because I only recently surrendered to the technology, though I still maintain my landline (more reliable). I can hardly call what I do “texting”…they’re still as long as an email 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      • Staarlz Jun 10, 2022 / 11:40

        Yes, but generally dragging my feet and cursing 🙂 I don’t know if it’s the same where you live, but “digital” coupons are the thing now in grocery stores. So if you don’t “do” digital, you don’t get the discounted price on the item. I can’t do digital, as it involves “scanning” or some dang thing–Makes me crazy.


  9. Natasha Jun 10, 2022 / 08:23

    Oh, dear God. This was too hilarious.

    Absolutely brilliant, Keith. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Spira Jun 10, 2022 / 16:01

    What will it take to grace us with an audio of this SSS?

    Liked by 1 person

  11. The Atomic Mage Jun 10, 2022 / 19:13

    So true 😁😂 And it was a satisfying sound and experience winding the dial of those old phones with your finger.

    Year, I tooth heave problems you sing predictive texans!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Tom Jun 11, 2022 / 17:59

    Hahaha! Funny, Keith… you can always predict predictive text to get it wrong!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Liz H Jun 12, 2022 / 21:36

    My kids used to roll their eyes at my full-sentence texts. But now they’ve come to accept them…
    Another fun Six, Keith!

    Liked by 1 person

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