Microsoft Word synonym function and sex/witchcraft-related vocabulary
Thread poster: Dana Pottratz

Dana Pottratz
France
Local time: 07:18
French to English
Apr 24, 2007

Hello,

Has anyone other than me noticed that the synonym function in Word never gives any synonyms for sex-related words or for words related to witchcraft? (Do a simple test by right-clicking on common words such as "sexy", "sensual", "voluptuous", "witchcraft", "sorcery" or other such common words which have a plethora of possible synonyms available in the English language and you"ll see what I mean) I should mention that I am not a translator of pornography (LOL) or books on black magic!!! But I do a lot of perfume and luxury cosmetics translations in which words pertaining to the two domains are quite common. I was wondering if anyone had any theories or explanations for this peculiar phenomenon (ie. extremely puritanical, book-burning, censorship-promoting religious fanatic software developers at Microsoft...?).

Thanks in advance,

Dana Pottratz


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Henrik Pipoyan  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:18
Member (2004)
English to Armenian
Here's my theory Apr 25, 2007

Witchcraft is what Microsoft is trying to replace with its products. All these computer tricks, automated actions, etc., are nothing but modern witchcraft. So Microsoft doesn't want to advertise the competitor's glossary.

As for sex-related words, they are the direct result of Microsoft's witchcraft. Users need them in order to express their feelings after the unsuccessful efforts to use Microsoft's witchcraft. Thus Microsoft is kind of protecting themselves from strong expressions.


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 08:18
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Works in German and Finnish though Apr 25, 2007

Thanks for the hint, I didn't know or didn't remeber there was such a function.
Cheers
Heinrich


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Claudia Krysztofiak  Identity Verified
Germany
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Here is a nice explanation Apr 25, 2007

Thesauri
"The Microsoft Word thesaurus is really an anti-thesaurus, the exact opposite of Roget’s. As writer Mark Goldblatt revealed in a New York Times column last year, Microsoft has sanitized all entries it deems potentially offensive, including words to describe people who aren’t exactly Einstein. “Idiot,” for instance, is gone completely. Want a synonym for “dummy”? Try mannequin. How about “fool”? The only substitute is the verb “to trick.”

A Microsoft representative told Goldblatt the selective purging was done to reflect “current social and cultural environments,” and that “Microsoft’s approach is to not suggest words that may have offensive uses or provide offensive definitions for any words.”

Call it political correctness taken to another absurd extreme: Not only must we refrain from using nouns that define substandard intelligence, we’re also expected to deny such words even exist. It’s almost as if Microsoft believes that eliminating descriptions of stupidity will make stupidity itself disappear. "
www.absolutewrite.com/fun/thesauri.htm

IMHO the rest of the above article is also much fun to read!

[Bearbeitet am 2007-04-25 06:50]


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PAS  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:18
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Correctness shmectness Apr 25, 2007

I use the Word thesaurus sporadically.
If I'm really stumped, I go straight to www.thesaurus.com

Soooo, let them be PC as much as they wanna be...

Incidentally, the spell checker doesn't seem to have a problem with most nasty words.

Pawel Skalinski


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Dana Pottratz
France
Local time: 07:18
French to English
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"political correctness taken to another absurd extreme" Apr 25, 2007

Thanks Claudia for the enlightening and very amusing article. What a bunch of imbeciles at Microsoft. It really is censorship as far as I'm concerned.

Dana




Claudia Krysztofiak wrote:

Thesauri
"The Microsoft Word thesaurus is really an anti-thesaurus, the exact opposite of Roget’s. As writer Mark Goldblatt revealed in a New York Times column last year, Microsoft has sanitized all entries it deems potentially offensive, including words to describe people who aren’t exactly Einstein. “Idiot,” for instance, is gone completely. Want a synonym for “dummy”? Try mannequin. How about “fool”? The only substitute is the verb “to trick.”

A Microsoft representative told Goldblatt the selective purging was done to reflect “current social and cultural environments,” and that “Microsoft’s approach is to not suggest words that may have offensive uses or provide offensive definitions for any words.”

Call it political correctness taken to another absurd extreme: Not only must we refrain from using nouns that define substandard intelligence, we’re also expected to deny such words even exist. It’s almost as if Microsoft believes that eliminating descriptions of stupidity will make stupidity itself disappear. "
www.absolutewrite.com/fun/thesauri.htm

IMHO the rest of the above article is also much fun to read!

[Bearbeitet am 2007-04-25 06:50]


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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
Poland
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Use OpenOffice.org Writer Apr 25, 2007

It does not have a problem with spicy words.

Regards,

Piotr


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