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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

This short video demonstrates how the above mentioned commands 'no caps on', 'no space on', [spelling of word], 'no caps off', 'no space off' are use to spell a word to Siri. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMNLV-qeou4&context=C4e47384ADvjVQa1PpcFPwAjivWq8TSDyCDVg1gSKGheHMZNvapUE=

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It doesn't work reliably but there are a few commands for spelling things out in Siri. Here's an article about it: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/10/20/how-to-type-comma-using-siri/

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

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