What words and phrases are automatically replaced in new WikiAnswers questions?

Auto Changes

WikiAnswers' software automatically converts some words and phrases into other words and phrases in the first stage of the question-asking process. This allows us to correct common spelling mistakes and makes certain questions easier to find by using common forms of words and phrases.

For example, if you ask "When did WW2 start?" it will automatically convert your question to "When did World War 2 start?" and you'll get bounced to the answer page.

If you ask "Where can you buy PVC valves in the U.S.A.?" it will convert your question to "Where can you buy PCV valves in the US?" and you can proceed to the second stage. You can then change your question back or reword it however you like.

Here is the current list of automatic changes we have in place:

  • 4 cyl[space] becomes 4-cylinder[space]
  • 4-cyl[space] becomes 4-cylinder[space]
  • aboveground/ above ground
  • above-ground pool becomes above ground swimming pool
  • above-ground swimming becomes above ground swimming
  • [space]America[space] becomes [space]the US[space]
  • associate degree becomes associate's degree
  • associates degree becomes associate's degree
  • Associate Degree becomes associate's degree
  • Associates Degree becomes associate's degree
  • bachelor degree becomes bachelor's degree
  • bachelors degree becomes bachelor's degree
  • Bachelor Degree becomes bachelor's degree
  • Bachelors Degree becomes bachelor's degree
  • [space]CD[space] becomes [space]CD[space]
  • [space]DVD[space] becomes [space]DVD[space]
  • e-mail becomes email
  • How to becomes How do you
  • I am becomes you are
  • I'm becomes you are
  • I've becomes you have
  • in-ground pool becomes inground swimming pool
  • in-ground swimming becomes inground swimming
  • on-line becomes online
  • PVC valve becomes PCV valve
  • pcv valve becomes PCV valve
  • [space]pre cum[space] becomes [space]pre-cum[space]
  • [space]precum[space] becomes [space]pre-cum[space]
  • stratera becomes Strattera
  • Stratera becomes Strattera
  • straterra becomes Strattera
  • Straterra becomes Strattera
  • strattera becomes Strattera
  • stratterra becomes Strattera
  • Stratterra becomes Strattera
  • USA becomes US
  • United States of America becomes US
  • United States becomes US
  • united states becomes US
  • US of A becomes US
  • [space]usa[space] becomes [space]US[space]
  • U.S. becomes US
  • U.S.A. becomes US
  • U.S.A becomes US
  • V-6 becomes V6
  • V-8 becomes V8
  • [space]vcr[space] becomes [space]VCR[space]
  • web site becomes website
  • [space]wwe[space] becomes [space]WWE[space]
  • What's becomes What is
  • [space]u[space] becomes [space]you[space]
  • [space]ur[space] becomes [space]your[space]
  • WW 2 becomes World War 2
  • WW II becomes World War 2
  • WW Two becomes World War 2
  • world war two becomes World War 2
  • World War Two becomes World War 2
  • world war II becomes World War 2
  • World War II becomes World War 2
  • the second world war becomes World War 2
  • the Second World War becomes World War 2
  • WW 1 becomes World War 1
  • WW I becomes World War 1
  • WW One becomes World War 1
  • World War One becomes World War 1
  • World War I becomes World War 1
  • the first world war becomes World War 1
  • You have becomes If you have
  • Your[space] becomes What if your[space]

If you have suggestions for improving this list please post them on the discussion page, i.e. the blue "Discuss Question" button below.