"The damnable thing has a built-in censor, so if you happen to be in need of another word for penis, sex, bastard, whore, or bimbo, you're stuck. Other words that are recognised neither by Word's dictionary nor its thesaurus are "harridan", "bitch" (not even a female dog, though we do get "bitchy" and "horny")."

Writing in the Guardian’s Book blog, the author Meg Rosoff complains that Microsoft’s gone through its dictionary and thesaurus has been eradicated every decent English word in there. About her MS Word software, she says:

The damnable thing has a built-in censor, so if you happen to be in need of another word for penis, sex, bastard, whore, or bimbo, you’re stuck. Other words that are recognised neither by Word’s dictionary nor its thesaurus are “harridan”, “bitch” (not even a female dog, though we do get “bitchy” and “horny”). Occasionally, I actually learn something useful, as in the Microsoft definition of “prat” – the buttocks. Who knew?

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