1427: iOS Keyboard

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iOS Keyboard
More actual results: 'Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You [are the best. The best thing ever]', 'Revenge is a dish best served [by a group of people in my room]', and 'They may take our lives, but they'll never take our [money].'
Title text: More actual results: 'Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You [are the best. The best thing ever]', 'Revenge is a dish best served [by a group of people in my room]', and 'They may take our lives, but they'll never take our [money].'


It looks like Randall has been playing with his Apple device after installing the recently released iOS 8 update. The comic is referencing the autocomplete function on the iOS virtual keyboard (aka leopard). A comparable feature is also available on other operating systems, like Android. When the phrase, for example, "Revenge is a dish best served" is typed, the keyboard will suggest “by” followed by “a” then “group” and so on.

The following movies are referenced:

Sherlock Holmes: Holmes: "Elementary, my dear Watson." (paraphrased in several movies, never actually used in the books)
Scarface (1983): Scarface: "You wanna fuck with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!"
The Wizard of Oz (1939): Dorothy: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."
James Bond: Bond: "Bond, James Bond." (nothing follows)
Serenity (2005): Wash: "I am a leaf on the wind - watch how I soar."
The Goonies (1985): Mikey: "Goonies never say die!"
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001): Aragorn: If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. You have my sword." Legolas: "And you have my bow." Gimli: "And *my* axe."
The Princess Bride (1987): Montoya: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Revenge is a dish best served cold (several movies, with variations, and books before that. E.g., Start Trek II - The Wrath of Kahn (1982): Kahn: "...do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold?"
Braveheart (1995): Wallace: "They may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"

An older comic 1068: Swiftkey is also about keyboard predictions, but without any preceding text (by the Swiftkey keyboard application instead of the iOS 8 keyboard).


Movie Quotes

[typed on an iPhone] Elementary, my dear
[suggested by the virtual keyboard] Friend | Lord | Friends

According to iOS 8 keyboard predictions

Say hello to my little [sister and my mom and my dad and my friends]
Toto, I've a feeling we're not [going to the gym today]
Bond, James Bond [yields]
I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch [me play my piano]
Goonies never say [anything]
You have my sword. And my bow. And my [dad]

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XKCD references on the XKCD wiki? Who would've thought... 06:58, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

I'm so meta even this acronym.
Just saying... 07:58, 29 September 2014 (UTC)BK201

I believe that the ios word prediction is personalised based on your previous sentences. My Android autocomplete comes up with "Elementary, my feast of the United Kingdom", and "Toto, I've a feeling we're not going to Switzerland"... --Pudder (talk) 07:53, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

I imagine it is, but it's still interesting to see the defaults before you've added much to the dictionary. I believe this is what Randall is up to. 13:00, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

What about adding a reference to XKCD Questions[1]? --Jkotek

Wasn't there XKCD comics about keyboard prediction starting from blank state? --JakubNarebski (talk) 09:57, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

[2] You're welcome. 10:04, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

I thought some of the humor for the LoTR reference was the Gimli's dad was a character in The Hobbit. Obviously, Randall didn't work this in, but it could've affected his choice to feature this one in the comic Djbrasier (talk) 16:35, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Given the outcome of the Scottish referendum on secession, it seems to me that the iOS-updated version of Wallace's quote is perfectly appropriate. -- 23:01, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Wallace didn't fight the British, he fought the English. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Incomplete, anyone? Or is this wiki just goigo explain jokes Randall himself has made? It's probably the latter case, since nobody seems to have had a problem in four years. 05:49, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

William Wallace's quote actually goes "They can take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom". 01:59, 30 June 2019 (UTC)