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What is fuzzy pinyin?
 
Pinyin was created based on the pronunciation of Standard Chinese, a variety of Mandarin Chinese. Regional accents are prevalent in Mandarin among both native and nonnative speakers. This means that a significant number of Mandarin speakers would have trouble distinguishing a number of similar-sounding syllables of pinyin, such as c and ch, s and sh, z and zh, n and ng, h or hu and f, or n and l. Fuzzy pinyin or fuzzy input (模糊音) is a feature that allows a user to input those similar-sounding vowels or consonants as if they were the same thing. It also has disadvantages as the user must choose the correct characters or words from a longer list of "homophones".
This makes sense if you’ve ever heard some talk from Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo with their local dialects. Pinyin matches up English with standard Mandarin.
However, these dialects have different sounds and pronunciations. I can understand how fuzzy pinyin would evolve to note these differences.

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