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Censorship comes to dictionaries - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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Censorship comes to dictionaries
This is probably nothing new, realistically speaking. Thinking back my old HS dictionary always had lack luster explanations of anything even remotely sexual

These days when I need to look up a word I don't even open "websters online" I hit google (my home page) and there type out "Websters [word]" Today's magic "word" was "muff diving". I was taken to a page which read "Sex and the search engine" and explained that some people were horrified that an online dictionary would actually contain accurate answers and so as a solution all potentially offensive words are being moved into separate categories. http://www.leisuresuit.net/Webzine/articles/sex_search.shtml

I'm sorry but this smacks of censorship. This means, for example, that if you are at school, the library, a job where there may be restrictions web sites determined to contain "bad words" and you need to look up a word and it might have an offensive connotation even if you don't intend to use it that way, or if you are say proof reading a paper for someone and need to know if a term used might have an unintended negative connotation, you simply won't be able to find out.

On the positive side, this change will mean that those with non-censored internet connections will be able to get more complete answers to questions than they might have gotten with most any basic and normally censored dictionary.
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vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: October 19th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, do you use the "I'm feeling lucky" button? I got nowhere with that word combo on Websters.com and Dictionary.com; here's what I got for full results of webster's muff diving - sex and the search engine was the first hit.

Here's what I got on Dictionary.com for the popular four letter f-word meaning intercourse. I thought the word history particularly interesting.

The definition for 'poontang' wasn't all that comprehensive, no.

BetterSex.com, btw, has a definition for muff diving.
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vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: October 19th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
One might need to know that 'napkin' in the UK means 'pad'. (At least I THINK I'm correct here)

Pad/diaper, yah.

More importantly, "fanny" in the UK is something only women have, making the concept of a fanny-pack particularly treacherous.
dcseain From: dcseain Date: October 20th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just think it's easier to make a rule that a child cannot be on the internet unless it's school research, an adult is right next to them and supervising.

Um, wouldn't that require the parents to be actively involved int their child's life? I mean, really, who has time for that. >:D
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