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?


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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