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philjit
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MS Word 2000 offensive to lesbians

Disgruntled geologist Alan Vaughan writes complaining about the grammar checker in Microsoft Word 2000, which he says denigrates lesbians. Dykes, as all good geologists know, "are thin sheets of magma that has frozen in cracks on its way up from the hot interior of the Earth."

And other things as well, of course. In Word 2000, if you type "the dykes which cut the granite are 2m wide," the grammar checker will change it to "the dykes who cut the granite are 2m wide." Since Alan told us this we at The Register have been striving to drive politically incorrect visions of burly granite-cutting Heroines of Soviet Labour from our minds, and we suggest you good people do likewise.

We do not, thank goodness, have a copy of Word 2000 to hand, so are unable to check on other permutations of dyke. Or indeed dike. The American Heritage Dictionary, which we consulted because it's free, and the OED isn't, tells us that a dike/dyke is "1a. An embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods. b. Chiefly British A low wall, often of sod, dividing or enclosing lands. 2. A barrier blocking a passage, especially for protection. 3. A raised causeway. 4. A ditch; a channel. 5. Geology A long mass of igneous rock that cuts across the structure of adjacent rock."

Or indeed "Offensive Slang - Used as a disparaging term for a lesbian." Presumably Microsoft's grammar checker designers haven't heard of any of the other meanings. Which is odd, considering what they do for a living.

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From Good Morning Vietnam: 'I know we can;t use the word dyke, we can't even say lesbian, it's 'women in comfortable shoes''

I don't know why I thought of that. Funny story all the same though

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At least they use Ms instead of the more offensive Mrs.

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That IS sort of odd, though. And i hate that auto-correction thing in Word.

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how do you disable the auto capital spelling at every line break ?
every time i try to write a poem i ..
no , i dont write poems !
nevermind

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Imagine the poo-ha it would cause "lesbian community disgusted by being auto-corrected, most bull-dykes have rebooted their machines and found they have developed pricks...Microsoft again has to answer some probing questions"

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Erinity
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I have Word 2000, tried it. It does make that grammar suggestion.

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how do you disable the auto capital spelling at every line break ?
every time i try to write a poem i ..
no , i dont write poems !
nevermind



Tools, Autocorrect, there is a checkbox for Capitalize first letter of sentences. This is in 2000, I don't have 97 to look at.

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Our study was able to determine the anomolously low occurance of hot intrusive bodies in the dike's magama chamber. Also critacal was the dike's lack of cleavage, which did not affect hardness. The dike's cummingtonite, though homogeneous, is the result of internal fractionalization.

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quote:
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Our study was able to determine the anomolously low occurance of hot intrusive bodies in the dike's magama chamber. Also critacal was the dike's lack of cleavage, which did not affect hardness. The dike's cummingtonite, though homogeneous, is the result of internal fractionalization.


Well worth a point.

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like a bull-dyke in a china shop

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Shouldn't that be 'Chyna'?

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