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Try to find out which word is hidden in this riddle:

A flat and sharp item
occurring inadvertently
and sometimes in a twin pack
it's altering what will come
and can be naturally erased.

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I'd say the word is...

accidental

Reasoning:

A flat and sharp item

Flat and sharp are types of accidentals in music.

occurring inadvertently

Inadvertent being a synonym of accidental.

and sometimes in a twin pack

There are double accidentals.

it's altering what will come

They raise or lower the pitch of the next note.

and can be naturally erased.

A natural is an accidental that cancels previous accidentals.

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    $\begingroup$ Correct answer. Nice that you linked all relevant parts of the solution. $\endgroup$ – Spark Fountain Sep 6 at 9:56
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the inadvertent thing is

spell check marker

A flat and sharp item

shows as a relatively flat and pointy zigzag in most word processors

occurring inadvertently

only appears when you make a mistake

and sometimes in a twin pack

mistakes in both spelling (red) and grammar (green) can appear at the same time

it's altering what will come

an edit to the text will surely follow when this marker appears...

and can be naturally erased.

... after which the marker will automatically disappear

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  • $\begingroup$ something naturally erased means erased by natural phenomena of our environment. as you can see spell checker is coded to do so, it is not a natural process but a man hardcoded problem... $\endgroup$ – Sayed Mohd Ali Sep 6 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ @SayedMohdAli it is the "nature" of the spell checker to be erased when the appropriate fix is applied to the text $\endgroup$ – greysaff Sep 6 at 9:46
  • $\begingroup$ @greystuff naturally erased means natural it is not nature(spell checker are computer coded program)... but I will say well try... if you see the answer of nudge-nudge sound suits the riddle. $\endgroup$ – Sayed Mohd Ali Sep 6 at 9:48
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    $\begingroup$ @SayedMohdAli I agree that NudgeNudge's answer is a lot better and most likely the correct one. I, however, cannot agree with your definition of natural which is far too restrictive especially for a puzzling community. $\endgroup$ – greysaff Sep 6 at 9:53
  • $\begingroup$ That's unfortunately not the correct answer, but also an interesting approach. I especially like the interpretation of "occurring inadvertently" in that context. $\endgroup$ – Spark Fountain Sep 6 at 9:59

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