Google Defines “An English Person” as “C**T”
By on December 15th, 2011

Probably by the time you read this, Google will most likely have fixed the issue.

When Google goes wrong, it goes wrong like a spectacle. Recently, users on the Internet reported  that search results for the phrase  “define English person”  on Google returned a link to a Wikipedia article, which is considered by many to be the most offensive word in the English language. It is also used in the US as “an offensive way to refer to a woman”.

Define "English Person" Google Bomb

Some people consider it as a general swear and is used comically. However, it’s not always considered the same in polite company. In others, the “C word” is widely considered to be the most severe curse in the English language. And Google returning such a result for a phrase like that is completely not acceptable.

There are only two possible explanations for such a cause. One, this is simply a “glitch” in the search engine, or bad case of ranking. The second possible reason could be “Google-bombing”. According to Wikipedia, the terms Google bomb and Googlewashing refer to practices, such as creating large numbers of links that cause a web page to have a high ranking for searches on unrelated or off topic keyword phrases, often for comical or satirical purposes.

Similar examples of such errors include searches for “miserable failure,” which brought up a picture of the U.S President George W. Bush. Searching for the phrase “weapons of mass destruction” brought up a parody 404 page, and the word “Hell” took users to Microsoft’s home page. In 2004, after the controversy that erupted in the Philippines over the allegations that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had cheated in the elections, the phrase “pekeng pangulo” (“fake president”) was linked to her official website.

Google "Miserable Failure"

Google is aware of the problem, and according to one employee, it “looks like a bad case of ranking that we’re looking into.”

According to Google, the team does not fix such errors by hand. They rather look for an automatic way to solve the problem instead of trying to fix a particular search by hand. This enables the extra effort to find a good algorithm helps detect Googlebombs in many different languages.

The glitch works on  both  google.com and google.co.uk. Go on, try it for yourself before it’s corrected.

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Author: Joel Fernandes Google Profile for Joel Fernandes
Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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