Life Video

By Alex Matthews


This was a starter question Alexa appeared she couldn’t be bothered tackling as she failed to spell out ‘hors d’oeuvres’.

Sarah Holloway, from Havelock in North Carolina, couldn’t remember how to spell the French term for starters, ‘hors d’oeuvres’, when she was texting a friend.

With her mind blank, not even her phone’s autocorrect function could guess what she was trying to spell.

So the stay-at-home mum turned to Alexa on her Amazon Echo Dot to ask her how to spell it.

But Alexa ‘couldn’t be bothered’, instead simply replying: “Hors d’oeuvres is spelled hors d’oeuvres’.

Keen to share the sassy gadget with her friends, amused Sarah filmed herself asking Alexa again, and got the same response.

Sarah, 40, said: “I bought my Alexa in July of 2017, it was the deal of the day and $15 off.  At first I was delighted, it seemed like it was really going to be a huge benefit to my life.

“Being able to find out the weather, listening to the news and my podcasts on demand, while working on other things around the house was great

“Funnily enough, I was actually texting a friend and trying to spell hors d’oeuvres. I was hoping that autocorrect would help me, but it didn’t pick up on what I was trying to spell.

“I guess technology failed me on two fronts that day.

“When Alexa just said the word back to me, I thought it must have been a glitch. I asked her three times before I made the video. I was just shocked and amused.”

After trying Alexa’s spelling once again the next day, Sarah found she was willing to spell hors d’oeuvres out to her as normal.

Amazon US has been contacted for comment.