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Google Censors ‘Sex,’ ‘Penis,’ ‘Vagina,’ and Other Barely Dirty Words From Your Texts

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Breaking news: Google is totally icing your text game. Android software doesn’t want any part of your naughty (and, in some cases, bafflingly un-naughty) messages.

Wired discovered a list of 1,400 taboo English words that have been red-flagged in the KitKat operating system’s source code. Users aren’t forbidden from typing them, but Android’s predictive text algorithm – which offers the word-finishing suggestions that hover over the keys as you type – simply refuses to acknowledge their existence.

It turns out that Google’s kind of a prude: not just about sex, but about everything from feminine hygiene to contraception to underwear. Here’s a sample of KitKat’s banned words. And no, we’re not making any of this up.

  • Sex
  • Penis
  • Vagina
  • Intercourse
  • Coitus
  • Lovemaking
  • Screw
  • Butt
  • Panty
  • Condom
  • Braless
  • Tampax
  • Suck
  • Preggers
  • Lactation
  • Uterus
  • STI

Some of the banned words are hilariously common – and, in most contexts, totally innocuous. What if I were heading to the hardware store to pick up a screw to fix my vacuum that doesn’t suck anymore? What if I want to learn the sex of my unborn child? What if we’re all the butt of a cruel prank by Android? And what if I just want to use normal grown-up person words like a normal grown-up person?

Android users can override this filter in their Google Keyboard settings. “Nazi,” “methamphetamine,” and “bong,” by the way, are totally Google-kosher.

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