Dec

17

Microsoft Word Just Doesn’t Get Us

Written by

Werd

We, oppressed Humanities students, have discovered, through our weeks of crazed paper-writing, that Microsoft Word doesn’t know anything about anything. If “precolonial” isn’t a real word according to our computers, college is a lie. Here are some words Bwog was punished with that red squiggly line for writing recently. Add your own in the comments.

  • Mugabe
  • Historiographical
  • Problematize
  • Pwned
  • Detente
  • Freedpeople
  • Radicalization
  • Bwog
  • Blub
  • Precolonial
  • Reappropriate
  • Francophonie
  • Monarchial
  • Expositional
  • Aristotelian
  • Your name, so you [Anish Bramhandkar] don’t accidentally turn in a paper with the name “Amish Brandenburg”
  • Heteronormative
  • Appomattox
  • Bacchae
  • Aeneid
  • Flyting
  • Priapus
  • Antagonization
  • Privateering
  • Commodification
  • Heteropatriarchy
  • Gauls
  • Orientalism
  • Recontextualize

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93 Comments

  1. Anonymous  

    Microsoft should just invent a yellow squiggly line for when it just needs to back the fuck off and admit it didn't go to a liberal arts college.

  2. Anonymous  

    had a lot of trouble with "essentialize" and "oversexualize" in my last essay.

  3. It's  

    "monarchical", not "monarchial"

  4. uhh

    you know you can just add those to its dictionary if you're on your own computer

  5. Anonymous  

    fetishization ftw

  6. also  

    "performative" and "Foucaultian"

  7. On the other hand  

    The always useful "antidisestablishmentarianism" doesn't seem to trip off any alarms (though maybe my computer's just thinking really hard)

  8. Of course detente's wrong.

    Because it's détente.

  9. It was  

    an important moment in my life when I added "Obama" to the dictionary.

    Then he copped out on taxes.

  10. Ben

    Nothing like dropping "heteronormative reinforcement through cultural egocentricism" in a paper about the Social Network to make you take a step back.

  11. oed is god  

    i got a squiggle under "revealment"

  12. Anonymous  

    schismatics, simoniacs, nicolaism.

    And how about all the medieval names I have to write because I'm a Med/Ren major?

  13. nyt  

    Mr. David as a “drug addict.”

  14. awkward bro

    haa...liking the paper bwog is writing on priapus...
    ya know....cause...of the penis...

  15. Anonymous  

    Phylogenetic, amygdala. to name a few.

  16. Anonymous  

    Half of these are from papers for Mamdani's class

  17. Anonymous  

    I misunderestimated the dearth of MW's dictionary

  18. Anonymous  

    scopophilia. NICE

  19. cc '11  

    this is why i'm glad to be an econ major. our jargon is just as bullshitty as yours is, but at least it's in plain english.

  20. bio major  

    osmolarity, hypoosmotic, inspiratory, pepsinogen, submucosa etc. etc. etc.

  21. stupid econ words  

    nonexcludable
    nonrival
    commodifying

  22. Anonymous  

    racialization

  23. Anonymous  

    vernacularization, counterpose

  24. Anonymous  

    that's because pre-colonial has a hyphen

  25. Anonymous

    polemicize

    I checked the OED, and its correct.

  26. Anonymous  

    premodern, mythopoesis, bedounization, hadith...and that's just from one paper.

  27. Kristeva  

    overdetermined

  28. Japan

    shogunal. Frustrating when writing a Japanese history paper.

  29. Anonymous  

    Grentrifier
    Manhattanville
    Garveyism
    Racialized
    Overspeculation
    Harlemite
    My own last name

  30. hmm  

    undiagnosing
    homonational
    Islamaphobia

  31. PoliSci  

    Precarity
    Representativity
    Complementarity
    Legitimize/legitimization/delegitimize
    Wahhabism
    Salafism
    Excisionist
    Islamification/Islamization
    Liminal

    Anything in a foreign language, and most proper nouns.

  32. Anonymous  

    racialization.

    UGH.

  33. imsogladthispostexists  

    ahistoric
    Eurocentrism
    phallocentrism


    intersectionality should be a word

  34. Reviewing a Psych Article  

    "nonheroic" and "sociosexual"

  35. Melanie Klein  

    countertransference

  36. Hooah  

    Okay Bwog, admit it: you only wrote this post so you could up the big word count on the site and try to move up in Google's reading level search: http://bwog.com/2010/12/16/the-world-still-turns-while-youre-stuck-in-a-finals-frenzy/

  37. science major  

    everything

  38. Jonathan

    Haňťa (writing about Hrabal)

    Deng Xiaoping

    Netanyahu

    Sennacherib

    Assyriology

    varenyky

  39. Jonathan Rick FTW  

    Lockean, willeth, ariseth.

  40. With

    all due respect, I'd like to add "SCATALOGICAL." No list including words such as "commodification," "heteropatriarchy," "orientalism," or my all time favorite-- "problematize"-- would be complete without it.

  41. I just  

    found out that ironize isn't a real word. would that be ironic if I were an English major?

  42. Polisci student  

    Also:

    Hegemonic
    Multipolar
    Westphalian
    Institutionalism
    Disincentivize
    al Jazeera

  43. tired student  

    mercy
    rest
    love

  44. Anonymous  

    apotropaic, performative, constative, phatic, rhetic, misexecution, transmodal, ventriloquization, decontextualization!

  45. This is a problem

    Velociraptor

  46. Student Pumped for Orgo Night  

    Orgo, gets the good old red squiggly.

    When is orgo night anyway?

  47. Anonymous  

    silvipastoral (economy)

  48. SEAS 10

    First time I wrote Barnard, word wanted to change it to Barnyard

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