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Microsoft's banned words in MSN Messenger

Remember, you're a Wibble
Fri May 24 2002, 09:26
A KOREAN WEB SITE reports that Microsoft Messenger has a list of words that cannot be employed as user names on the system.

One of the words is "remember", which the Korean site attempts to spin into a story of unrequited love.

Microsoft's take on it is far simpler. "Remember" has the word "member" inside it, and that's a banned word, not because of the physical meaning of the word, but because people might masquerade as Microsoft staff.

The site extracted a list of other words banned as user names, and those include Microsoft, MSN, admin, message, messenger, engineer, executive, help and info.

Four letter words of a naughty nature are also banned, as well as contentious areas of the world like Scunthorpe.

Here's more. µ

 

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