Android banned word list in Word


Office for Mere Mortals
Your beginners guide to the secrets of Microsoft Office
Invalid email address
Tips and help for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook from Microsoft Office experts.  Give it a try. You can unsubscribe at any time.  Office for Mere Mortals has been running for over 20 years, we've never, ever revealed or sold subscriber details.  Privacy policy

Checking the Google ‘bad’ word list in Microsoft Word.

The latest release of Google’s Android has a list of blocked words that won’t show up as suggested autocomplete as you type.

Back in July 2013 we told you about the ‘kill list‘ of words on Apple iOS devices. It’s a list of words which iPhone or iPad won’t show as suggested spellings as you type.

In both cases, these lists seem to be arbitrarily and inconsistently compiled.

For example ‘Sunni’ and ‘Iftar’ are on the blocked list but other Islam related words like ‘Shia’ are not. ‘Morphine’ is blocked but ‘Marijuana’ and ‘Bong’ are not.

Again, we’re interested to see how Microsoft Word deals with words that Google thinks we need protection from. So we put together a quick list of some of the curious Android ‘bad’ words to see what Office suggests as alternative spellings, if anything.

We did a similar thing when the Apple kill list was revealed. We’ve all had some laughs at strange autocorrect suggestions and omissions from the Microsoft supplied dictionary.

Android block list in Word image from Android banned word list in Word at Office-Watch.com

As you can see, two words are not in the US English dictionary but the others are listed and all show up in suggested spelling lists.

Word does NOT seem to discriminate or have a list of unacceptable words.

The software looks at each word typed, if it doesn’t appear in the dictionary it’ll put in a red squiggly line. The spelling suggestions seem to be based purely on finding the nearest match to what you’ve typed. If there’s some censorship going on, we could not find it and it’s different from what Apple appears to be doing.

Unlike the Apple list, Google lets you disabled the block list from Settings | Language & Input | Google Keyboard | Block offensive words.

Android blocked word setting image from Android banned word list in Word at Office-Watch.com

Since Android is an open source system, the block list is available to developers unlike the Apple list which is kept secret.

subs profile e1563205311409 - Android banned word list in Word
Latest news & secrets of Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office experts give you tips and help for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Give it a try. You can unsubscribe at any time.  Office Watch has been running for over 20 years, we've never, ever revealed or sold subscriber details.  Privacy policy
Invalid email address