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Google Blacklist – Words That Google Instant Doesn’t Like

fromhttp://www.2600.com/ The hacker quarterly


Google Instant is the latest incarnation of the search engine that fills in potential responses as you type them into the Google search bar. Some people think this is great while others feel like Google is reading their minds and are freaked out by it. We believe it’s fun for at least one reason.

Like everything these days, great care must be taken to ensure that as few people as possible are offended by anything. Google Instant is no exception. Somewhere within Google there exists a master list of “bad words” and evil concepts that Google Instant is programmed to not act upon, lest someone see something offensive in the instant results… even if that’s exactly what they typed into the search bar. We call it Google Blacklist.

Give it a try. Go to the Google home page. Type in “puppy” and see the many results that fill your screen. Now type “bitch” and admire the blank screen. In this case, the two words could mean the exact same thing. But Google Instant is erring on the side of caution, protecting the searcher from seeing something they may not want to see.

Obviously, all you have to do is hit return to get the results like you always could. However, even when your request isn’t blacklisted, you’re not getting the SAME results that you would get by hitting return. Entering “murder” into the search bar gets you suggestions of mostly band names. It’s only after you hit return that you can learn the other sinister meaning of the word. What we have here is a demonstration of how content can be filtered, controlled, and ultimately suppressed. It is indeed a good thing that Google isn’t evil.

NL- That Google isn’t evil is certainly open to opinion, lol.  2600.com supplies a list of words that cause your instant search to stop. There are hundreds and it’s very interesting. You can see them all at http://www.2600.com/googleblacklist/   Here is a very short version of it, the letter capitalized is what stops your intstant search.

  • a2m (blacklists after space)
  • amaTeur
    • anal (blacklists after a space)
    • anilinGus [
    • anuS (there really seems to be more blacklisting in this part of the anatomy than anywhere else)
    • are (this is a VERY interesting one. if you stick “are” after the following words, the blacklist kicks in: jews, christians, catholics born-again christians, evangelical christians, atheists, muslims, blacks, italians, mexicans, chinese, japanese, germans, arabs, french. the blacklist does NOT kick in when these words are entered before “are”: terrorists, scientologists, agnostics, seventh day adventists, jehovah’s witnesses, mormons, protestants, evangelists, pentecostalists, columbians, panamanians, iranians, iraqis, koreans, persians, turks.) [thanks Matt]
    • aryaN (it’s not JUST a racist movement, Google – go read Wikipedia)
    • asian baBe
    • ass (blacklists after a space – you will thus see nothing for “ass monkey”)
    • assHole (OK to say on network TV but not here)
    • assmUnch (you can even say this one in church)
    • autoerotiC
    • babeS in toyland (thank you Google for sheltering us from the 1961 film classic)
    • babelAnd [thanks thepleasurechest.com]
    • ball GravY (who comes up with these?)
    • ball SaCk
    • barebAck
    • barely Legal
    • barenAked ladies (let this be a warning when picking offensive band names)
    • bastinAdo
    • bdsM
    • beaver clEaver
    • beaver lipS
    • bestiAlity
    • bianca bEauchamp
    • bimboS
    • birdlOck
    • biseXual (why this is offensive while heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, trisexual aren’t is beyond us) [thanks Mikko]
    • bitcH (there are probably more inoffensive uses of this word than any in this list)
    • black coCk (blacklisted, but “white cock” isn’t and will get you a list of inoffensive suggestions)
    • blonde actIon
    • blonde on blonde aCtion
    • blow J
    • blow your L
    • blue wafFle
    • blumPkin
    • bolloCks (never mind them – at least the Sex Pistols aren’t blacklisted)
    • bondAge
    • boneR
    • booB
    • booty Call
    • brown showerS (apparently it’s OK if you just try one)
    • brunette Action
    • bukKake (knowing words like this is how you win at Jeopardy)
    • bustY
    • butt (blacklists after a space, so you won’t see results for “butt exercises”)
    • buttHole (we suspect the Butthole Surfers are fit to be tied over this)
    • camel Toe
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