Nando’s leads spell-check campaign to recognise South African names

Seeing the names of loved ones flagged as spelling mistakes with jagged red lines under them will be a familiar experience for many people around the world.

It is particularly common in South Africa which has 11 official languages and a vast spectrum of cultural heritage and naming conventions.

To combat the problem, South African chicken restaurant chain Nando’s has now launched a campaign to force spellcheckers to recognise local names instead of flagging them as typos.

“We think it’s totally crazy that the tech we use every day still tells us that our names are a mistake,” the brand said in an online advertisement.

Below the post, users can submit their names to an online database which will be used to generate a spellcheck update for common word processors.

Once installed the submitted names…

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