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Android Has 1,400 Words It Doesn't Want You to Type

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No swearing or talking about geeks!

Auto-correct, auto-complete and other predictive text technologies go a long way towards ensuring we can text as quickly and easily as possible. Particularly now that most people are using touchscreen smartphones. Unfortunately, not all predictive text systems use the same dictionary we do and we often find ourselves having to add words that haven't been included, especially when it comes to blue language. But wouldn't it be nice to know which words aren't included?

According to Wired, Google has a list of banned terms that won't autocomplete or swipe when typed on an Android phone. Discovered in the Android KitKat source code, the list contains 1,400 words that Android won't recognize. Of course, you can't swear (ducks all around), but that's nothing unusual. What is unusual is that the list also includes words like 'genitalia,' 'geek,' 'sex,' 'coitus,' 'lovemaking,' 'butt,' 'preggers,' 'panty,' 'morphine,' 'demerol,'  'AMD,' 'Garmin,' and many more.

Google hasn't commented on the list of banned words, and Wired reports that this filter is easily disabled (via your Google Keyboard settings) so it's easily fixed. Still, we'd love to know the reasoning or criteria behind this banned list of words.

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    Laser_Skeletor , December 3, 2013 8:35 AM
    AMD is probably banned so that the word 'and' is not misspelled all the time.
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    jimmysmitty , December 3, 2013 8:04 AM
    It should be disabled by default and part of parental controls only.

    As well, AMD is banned along side sex. That's a new one.
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    unksol , December 3, 2013 8:51 AM
    It's common sense that these would be blocked. The kitkat keyboard supports swiping. Take "AMD" for example. The vast majority of the population will never, ever use "AMD". They will constantly use "and". Imagine how annoying it would be if while swiping it regularly came up with AMD instead. or if you ended up calling someone a geek instead of Greek.

    This is likely just a list of words that are rarely used by normal people and would be awkward/annoying if they accidentally popped up. I'm sure the more benign ones were an issue for testers. They are clearly blocked to improve usability of the keyboard/swiping.
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    iceclock , December 3, 2013 7:58 AM
    interesting

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    jimmysmitty , December 3, 2013 8:04 AM
    It should be disabled by default and part of parental controls only.

    As well, AMD is banned along side sex. That's a new one.
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    rolli59 , December 3, 2013 8:05 AM
    Auto-correct, auto-complete and other predictive text technologies go a long way towards making your life annoying when you speak three languages and need to be at moments notice able to text in all three!
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    west7 , December 3, 2013 8:15 AM
    AMD is forbidden word good to know wtf!!
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    derekullo , December 3, 2013 8:23 AM
    I tried to boot Android on my Athlon XP 2200+ and all the computer did was laugh at me ...
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    Laser_Skeletor , December 3, 2013 8:35 AM
    AMD is probably banned so that the word 'and' is not misspelled all the time.
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    ohim , December 3, 2013 8:42 AM
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    AMD is probably banned so that the word 'and' is not misspelled all the time.


    That would be logical but highly unlikely since they banned Garmin also.
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    LaughALot , December 3, 2013 8:49 AM
    Well, now I know why no one has ever text'ed me of a panty raid.
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    unksol , December 3, 2013 8:51 AM
    It's common sense that these would be blocked. The kitkat keyboard supports swiping. Take "AMD" for example. The vast majority of the population will never, ever use "AMD". They will constantly use "and". Imagine how annoying it would be if while swiping it regularly came up with AMD instead. or if you ended up calling someone a geek instead of Greek.

    This is likely just a list of words that are rarely used by normal people and would be awkward/annoying if they accidentally popped up. I'm sure the more benign ones were an issue for testers. They are clearly blocked to improve usability of the keyboard/swiping.
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    JD88 , December 3, 2013 9:12 AM
    Quote:
    It's common sense that these would be blocked. The kitkat keyboard supports swiping. Take "AMD" for example. The vast majority of the population will never, ever use "AMD". They will constantly use "and". Imagine how annoying it would be if while swiping it regularly came up with AMD instead. or if you ended up calling someone a geek instead of Greek.

    This is likely just a list of words that are rarely used by normal people and would be awkward/annoying if they accidentally popped up. I'm sure the more benign ones were an issue for testers. They are clearly blocked to improve usability of the keyboard/swiping.


    Exactly what I was thinking. No one wants to accidentally put that extra "t" on "but" or to type "AMD" every time they say "and."

    This story is trying to make something out of nothing.
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    ZolaIII , December 3, 2013 9:19 AM
    Google's fat ass rednecks!
    All those words are present in they search engine!
    No good hypocrites!

    Written with Google keyboard & now Swiping it of!
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    clonazepam , December 3, 2013 9:28 AM
    I asked a friend about morphing, and the DEA showed up with guns drawn! wtf
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    Parsian , December 3, 2013 9:35 AM
    lol i guess Google is doing us and themselves a favour by banning the geek. They are trying to wipe this from the culture.
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    abimocorde , December 3, 2013 9:41 AM
    LMAO @preggers! What the hell?!?!?
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    SoiledBottom , December 3, 2013 9:44 AM
    George Carlin says there are only 7 words you can't say.....I believe George over Android
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    back_by_demand , December 3, 2013 10:29 AM
    George Carlin is a genius, I think he would have a few choice words around this ban list. How the hell did AMD get on the list? Maybe the cheque from nVidia has cleared.
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    _guillem , December 3, 2013 11:02 AM
    Lol AMD
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    Camikazi , December 3, 2013 11:16 AM
    @unksol Explain Garmin then.
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    therightclique , December 3, 2013 11:20 AM
    This is ridiculous. Who in their right mind uses the stock keyboard?
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