Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Idiots!

I think I initially found this in Salon, and it's so great I have to post it here.

There's this right-wing group called the American Family Association, and they have their own view of what constitutes appropriate language. For example, they don't think that we should use the word "gay" to refer to homosexuals. Presumably it's because gay means happy and there's nothing happy about being a sinner.

So part of what they do is use auto-correct to replace the word "gay" when it appears in news feeds they get from the Associated Press.

Like the following story about the Olympic Trials over the weekend:

Tyson Homosexual easily won his semifinal for the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and seemed to save something for the final later Sunday.

His wind-aided 9.85 seconds was a fairly cut-and-dry performance compared to what happened a day earlier. On Saturday, Homosexual misjudged the finish in his opening heat and had to scramble to finish fourth, then in his quarterfinal a couple of hours later, ran 9.77 to break the American record that had stood since 1999. [...]

Homosexual didn't get off to a particularly strong start in the first semifinal, but by the halfway mark he had established a comfortable lead.... Asked how he felt, Homosexual said: "A little fatigued."

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