Siri Now Whines If You Use Too Many Words In A Query

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Apple’s got to keep the ever-mounting demands on its Siri servers down somehow, so here’s a new one. If you ask her something too long, Siri will respond with trite quotes upon the power of brevity, such as this one by William Strunk of Strunk & White fame:

A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

Of course, it’s not up to a voice-recognition program to dictate what is an unnnecessary word or sentence, any more than it is up to a pencil which line in a drawing is “unnecessary”, or an engine schematic which part isn’t needed.

But here’s something ironic! Take that exact quote above by Strunk and modify it into a question. “Siri, should a sentence contain any unnecessary words, or a paragraph any unnecessary sentences, for the same reasons that a drawing should not have any unnecessary lines or a machine any unnecessary parts?” And guess what! Siri will accuse Strunk of being long-winded. Take that Elements of Style!

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  • BrainGameMayhem

    I noticed this the other day! I told Siri, “Text Gary hey the game is going to be on at 9pm” etc. And Siri told me to try again with fewer words. So, if the text is too long now, it requires two commands, then a confirmation.

  • joewaylo

    So I guess “Woodchuck chuck” is out of the questions.

  • MacAdvisor

    Of course, Strunk and White were wrong. In English, states of being are held in the verb, not nouns. Thus, their famous advice should have been:

    “A sentence should not contain unnecessary words and a paragraph not have unnecessary sentences for the same reason a drawing should not have unnecessary lines and a machine not use unnecessary parts.”

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