Shocking words

Re this and then this.

Words that you don’t want to see can be substituted, on the fly, by your browser.

There might be some comic – or worse – opportunities here. It’s meant to be used so that “fuck” gets replaced with “gets jiggy with” and that “Nword” becomes “vilehatefulracistepithet” so as to not frighten the horses.

But with a little programming a version could replace “OwenJones” with “whelpfacedboyladdie” and “Guardian” with “Grauniad” and “Al Sharpton” with “race hustler” and the opportunities become really rather fun.

The only real difficulty I see is in being able to infiltrate it into the browsers of all people in some right on organisation. Imagine the HoC forced to read properly just for the one day even.

15 thoughts on “Shocking words”

  1. There used to be a chrome extension, now sadly removed from the chrome store, which (almost) did exactly this: fuckshitup.

    It randomly replaced words in the currently loaded page with the word Fuck with hilarious and comedic effect.

    As a user, you do need to click the “Fuck Shit Up” button, so the only way to do what you’re suggesting is likely to be more nefarious (not a chrome extension), but still possible.

    Amateur hackers may be able to find the source for the aforementioned extension online somwehere.

  2. “The only real difficulty I see is in being able to infiltrate it into the browsers of all people in some right on organisation. Imagine the HoC forced to read properly just for the one day even.”

    Not a problem.

    Let me introduce you to the ‘Fu Manchu’ virus – a variant of ‘Jerusalem’, from the late 1980s. This monitored keyboard strokes. When it detected the words “Thatcher”, “Reagan”, “Botha”, or “Waldheim” it would add a little extra few words – for instance, ‘Waldheim’ would come out as ‘Waldheim is a Nazi’. This only happened if the typing speed was monitored to be at about 50 words per minute – so it would only occur in script typed by a professional typist going at speed (where it would be less likely to be immediately noticed, and where it would be more likely to be happening in a diplomatic environment).

    The virus made it to the UN building in New York…

  3. “Mock-Professor Trougher at University of Easy Access Gerbil Warbling Department”

    I like this idea. The snowflakes can hide from the real world and read sanitised web pages while hiding under the duvet.

    Douglas Adams was here already of course, with his Peril-sensitive sunglasses.

  4. There was also the Google Chrome extension called “Coincidence Detector” which placed three round brackets around names it alegeded were of Jewish origin so references to British historian Simon Schama would appear as (((Simon Schama)))

    Not just the left that can mess with the presentation of language, tone and emphasis for essentially political ends.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_parentheses

  5. Naturally I don’t object to other people not reading or hearing what they don’t want to. I just object to them wanting to force their viewpoints on me.

  6. It’s filtering the wrong thing. What should be filtered out are the students and professors who are traumatised by words; they aren’t grown-up enough to be at university.

  7. A friend of mine might have a problem with this, his surname is in fact ‘Dick’. He has trouble from time to time signing up for web accounts or buying things online.

  8. dearieme
    There used to be a Gropecunt Lane in many towns, but only a few survive today. So if Scunthorpe wanted to, it could rename itself Shorpe and cite many precedents.

  9. @Ltw
    A friend of mine might have a problem with this, his surname is in fact ‘Dick’

    I wonder how Cressida gets on ?

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