Episode #14: “How Embarrbutting!”, from True’s 7 August 2008 issue.
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Web sites that import news feeds, but then automatically censor “objectionable” words, are sometimes committing “Clbuttic Mistakes”. The term was coined when a site changed the word “classic” to “clbuttic” on the theory the word “butt” (for instance) is less objectionable than “ass”. Prior to the 2008 Olympics, the American Family Association’s news site automatically replaced a word in articles about sprinter Tyson Gay: “Tyson Homosexual was a blur in blue,” they reported, “sprinting 100 meters faster than anyone ever has.” Other mangled language has included “consbreastution”, an article on “What did the British Embbutty do for this British National Overseas pbuttport holder,” and a “series of previously secret Central Intelligence Agency plots to buttbuttinate foreign leaders.” (London Telegraph) …As if such urinevish buttaults on our language could protect anyone’s chasbreasty.
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