I know it's possible to have fun ...
... without uttering the odd Anglo Saxon expletive, but even the straight-laced among us have got to admit that sometimes swearing makes life a hell of a lot funner!
Microsoft is rolling out a new feature that, it hopes, will filter out rude words in messages sent from Xbox Live users in a bid to make the gaming platform “a place where everyone can have fun.” “We are introducing a new customizable feature that can automatically filter out offensive language to give you more control over …
Indeed, though it can also detract from fun if someone is swearing unpleasantly.
Not-swearing can also contribute to fun. Devising words to get around a filter, sharing a joke of pink marshmallows substituted by a filter, and a collective shaking of heads at the idiocy of a filter, can contribute positively to a community.
The shared joke or the common enemy bring people together.
Sometimes swearing does indeed make life better, but insulting other people never does.
Should I infer from this that you have never driven in traffic? I find it helpful to let my fellow drivers know they are full of <prunes> from time to time and that they are a bunch of <porcine fanciers> while simultaneously indicating through various methods that they should take time to indulge in some <self love>. All meant to be in good fun, of course.
Wondering if the Xbox Live filtering system will look similar.
It'll be good for creative writing expression, until the banned word list grows too large and you won't be able to request a team-mate to shut the front door.
Of course, these sweet-smelling, delightful and imaginative geniuses will need to work on their sarcasm filters.
I'm wondering a out the 21 languages, are they going to apply the filters through direct translation? A language like Spanish is full of swearwords in everyday speech that, translated directly into English would likely result in fisticuffs, so applied inthe other direction would rob Spanish of all it's colour.
Bring on the bright white new world where nothing is offensive, nobody gets angry or excited and we all conform to someone else's idea of good behaviour.
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1. It encourages more creativity in use of language (arguably good for the kids) or new acronyms making it a permanent vortex of increased sensitivity
2. Some services are so strict even use of the term "admin" is banned (seriously...) I know people have their attitudes but treating the term itself as an expletive...
3. for people that do find ways round it, I have also found you can't even report the perps because the logging system follows different rules.
4. eventually you will end up with moderators... live with it.
5. the AI wont detect any bad language used by the games themselves. YOU can't drop the f bomb, but the game can... this can already get youtube confused...
Here's a quick list that I swiped from elsewhere... Sgt Oddball opened the path
Abydos was a city in Ancient Egypt whose inhabitants, according to one 19th century dictionary, “were famous for inventing slanders and boasting of them.” Whether that’s true or not, the name Abydos is the origin of abydocomist—a liar who brags about their lies.
An adulterer. Another of Shakespeare’s inventions that became popular in Victorian slang.
To bespawl means to spit or dribble. A bespawler is a slobbering person, who spits when he talks.
An old Tudor English word for a fool. Coined by the 15th-16th century poet John Skelton (who was one of Henry VIII’s schoolteachers).
Also called a cumberground—someone who is so useless, they just serve to take up space.
Cop is an old word for the head, making a dalcop (literally a “dull-head”) a particularly stupid person. You can also be a harecop, or a “hare-brained” person.
An 18th century word for an especially large shoe, and consequently a clumsy or awkward person.
As well as being another name for a nincompoop, a dorbel is a petty, nit-picking teacher. It’s derived from the name of an old French scholar named Nicolas d’Orbellis, who was well known as a supporter of the much-derided philosopher John Duns Scotus (whose followers were the original “dunces”).
An old English dialect word for someone who drawls or speaks indistinctly.
An untidy woman.
An insignificant or foolish man.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this term for “a woman of gross or corpulent habit” is derived from fusty, in the sense of something that’s gone off or gone stale.
Another of Shakespeare’s best put-downs, coined in Henry IV, Part 2: "Away, you scullion! You rampallion! You fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe," Falstaff exclaims. If not just a variation of fustylugs, he likely meant it to mean someone who stubbornly wastes time on worthless things.
An old Scots word for a swindling businessman, or someone who gets into debt and then flees.
An 18th century northern English word for someone who only ever seems to complain.
An old Irish word for a nosy, prying person who likes to interfere in other people’s business.
A gowpen is the bowl formed by cupping your hands together, while a gowpenful-o’-anything is “a contemptuous term applied to one who is a medley of everything absurd,” according to the English Dialect Dictionary.
Someone who only seems able to speak by shouting.
A leasing is an old word for an untruth or falsehood, making a leasing-monger or a leasing-maker a habitual liar.
This is a 17th century term for a slacker. An idling, lazy good-for-nothing. Literally, someone who seems to spend all day in bed.
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