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Homosexual Scorches Track

2 May, 2012

Came across a very funny blooper while on language safari yesterday. As you’d expect, the American Family Association has high moral values, explaining why their website’s software is geared to alter any untoward terms creeping into their dispatches. Vulgar, loaded or ambiguous words are auto-corrected for the safer and more saccharine kind.

Fine – unless your report is about a sprint star called Tyson Gay. Yep, you guessed it. With no subs on duty, or off-guard at least, the headline ran:

Homosexual eases into 100 final at Olympic trials

Read more about the gaffe here. Sort of makes you wonder what other breast traps (wait, that should have read booby!) are lurking in the language, or the who’s who of news coverage. Here’s a few more sanitised morsels we can await:

Malcolm Turnfiction

Indigenous Cheese

Sstoole the bottom of the barrel

Bear in mind that some of your ideas may well be spam-netted. (I’ll have to go down back and see what gems I can recover from the sewer…) But thougt you’d appreciate the cackle.

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Rewording The Brain

Focus & memory, lateral leaps & logic - every aspect of cognitive health is lit in Rewording The Brain, a book revelling in how puzzles boost your brain. Part 2 equips your brain to conquer any twisty clue, plus the wild crossword finale. Pop science meets neural gameplay, Rewording is rewarding, and out now.


Rewording The Brain

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Gargantuan Book of Words

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