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#1 Hum

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:45

Why, Google, you’re a prude!

On the latest version of Android, the predictive text won’t recognize the words “sex,” “intercourse” or “screwing,” among others.

Poking around the source code, Wired magazine discovered an “obsessive” and “baffling” list of 1,400 words — many naughty, some just weird — that Google wants to protect its users from seeing.

The list includes “coitus” and a few more variations on knocking boots, plus some medical and anatomy terms and slightly racy words such as “panty.”

“Taken as a whole,” Wired concludes, “Google’s list suggests not only a surprising discomfort with sexuality, but also reproductive health and undergarments.”

There’s even a whiff of self-loathing. Two nonsexy words that offend Google Keyboard are “geek” and “Chromebook”— the latter being the name for the firm’s own line of laptops.

Users can still type any dirty word onto an Android screen themselves, but must do so the traditional way — every letter, from start to finish. That means overriding the keyboard when it tries to volunteer something cleaner. “Condom,” for example, will become “condition” if you let it. The solution, says Wired, is to go into the app’s settings menu and disable the word-blocking filter. Then you can have all the “coitus” you like. :huh:

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#2 tiagosilva29

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:34

I disable text prediction in my phones.



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:19

 

Users can still type any dirty word onto an Android screen themselves, but must do so the traditional way — every letter, from start to finish. That means overriding the keyboard when it tries to volunteer something cleaner.

 

I find myself doing that a lot anyway.



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:22

always disable auto-correct!



#5 The_Decryptor

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:33

Pretty sure there's a checkbox in settings for disabling this, along with enabling other dictionaries and adding custom words.

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:51

Does Google think its users cant handle the word intercourse?



#7 Rohdekill

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 04:00

Does Google think its users cant handle the word intercourse?

I would assume the words are blocked in the event a youngster got a hold of the device.



#8 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 04:02

Does Google think its users cant handle the word intercourse?

Speaking as an Android device owner, what is this 'intercourse' you speak of?

:shiftyninja:  :pinch:



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 04:04

Speaking as an Android device owner, what is this 'intercourse' you speak of?

:shiftyninja:  :pinch:

 

Noun

 

"communication and actions between people"

 

or it could mean where a rooster jumps on top of a chicken :shiftyninja:



#10 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 04:05

Noun

 

"communication and actions between people"

 

or it could mean where a rooster jumps on top of a chicken :shiftyninja:

lol



#11 The_Decryptor

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 05:17

I would assume the words are blocked in the event a youngster got a hold of the device.


It's to prevent other words being auto-corrected to those, nothing actually stops the user from typing them in.

#12 Growled

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 04:17

Google, what happened to you? You use to be so open.



#13 +warwagon

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 16:05

This is why we have mobile conversations that make no sense!

 

"When I come over tonight I want to your brains out on the couch so we can have like rabbits" ..

 

"HUH?"



#14 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 16:21

i think it is kinda stupid that they would remove any words from the predictive text, they should just allow the whole dictionary and deal with it. It is not your phone's job to scold you when you are doing something stupid.

 

Also before anyone goes off half colked it is not just Google that does this. Everyone does it.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 16:23

Noun

 

"communication and actions between people"

 

or it could mean where a rooster jumps on top of a chicken :shiftyninja:

Or a town in Pennsylvania...