Hi, I’m Clippy!

The “Clippy” Microsoft Should Have Invented
It looks like you’re writing total B.S. Would you like me to turn on ALL CAPS and turn off spell check?

“BUT ITS’ GRAYED OUT I CANT CLICK IT!!!!!!!!”

Take a breath. Whatever it is probably won’t matter to you next week.

Everyone calls the infernal thing that Microsoft introduced in Office 97 “Clippy” but its real name is Clippit — and we even know who to thank/blame for the look (but certainly not the idea behind it): Seattle illustrator Kevan Atteberry …and even he calls it Clippy.

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