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Is it possible to spell a word to Siri? For instance, if I ask for the stock price of a certain company, she doesn't always understand the company name.

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Great question. Siri is choking on my wife's name "Anne" using "and" or "an" instead. I'd love to be able to audibly spell or mark "Anne" but don't know a way to do it, yet. – Richard Nov 6 '11 at 12:45
Quite frankly, I was totally surprised that Siri was released without a this. In my mind, spelling with code words: "codespell" "apple" "nancy" "nancy" "elephant" "end", to produce ANNE. That may seem like a lot but if you're in a car driving at 50 mph it is suddenly very practical. – user23824 Jun 9 '12 at 22:41

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Try saying: "no caps on, no space on", then spell the word, then say "no caps off, no space off".

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Thanks, this works! – René Nov 30 '11 at 22:19
This works well Thanks. . Siri seems to understand spelt out words. But will put them in Caps and possibly add spaces. Hence "no caps on, no space on" – markhunte Jun 10 '12 at 9:06

It doesn't work reliably but there are a few commands for spelling things out in Siri. Here's an article about it:

It sounds like some Dragon Dictate commands work.

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Custom responses and informing Siri of specific words or spellings is not possible at the moment, but Apple itself has stressed that Siri is in beta status. That's not a label they use lightly, so I'd expect big improvements down the road.

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You can say no caps on and no space on and then spell a word, letter by letter, followed by no caps off and no space off and Siri will understand that you spelt a word out for it to interpret.

You can see this in practice in this video:

The context of the video is spelling words in, so it's not clear if this works in all Siri contexts.

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This contains the same information as the currently-accepted answer on this question. It should probably be an edit to add the video to that answer, not a wholly new answer. – Ian C. Oct 5 at 20:28

I'm afraid that's not possible. You can't force Siri. At least, not yet.

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