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Microsoft Word Just Doesn’t Get Us


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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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous aspirational

  • Anonymous says:

    @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.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous or that it graduated from Princeton.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous had a lot of trouble with “essentialize” and “oversexualize” in my last essay.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous hypersexualize is probably a better word to use anyways

    2. Same problem... says:

      @Same problem... …with “essentialize.” Also, “hybridity.”

  • It's says:

    @It's “monarchical”, not “monarchial”

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Well, according to M-W, either works.c

  • uhh says:

    @uhh you know you can just add those to its dictionary if you’re on your own computer

    1. Do you have any idea ... says:

      @Do you have any idea ... … how time-consuming that would be? All the brilliant academic terms we have to use? It would take DAYS.

      MS Word should be using the online OED!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous fetishization ftw

  • also says:

    @also “performative” and “Foucaultian”

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous foucauldian not foucaultian; though the former gets a squiggly line as well.

    2. deconstruction! says:

      @deconstruction! differánce

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous différance*

        Derrida est mon copain.

  • On the other hand says:

    @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)

  • Of course detente's wrong. says:

    @Of course detente's wrong. Because it’s détente.

  • It was says:

    @It was an important moment in my life when I added “Obama” to the dictionary.

    Then he copped out on taxes.

  • 2011 says:

    @2011 medicalization

  • ALSO says:

    @ALSO Islamophobia

  • Ben says:

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

  • oed is god says:

    @oed is god i got a squiggle under “revealment”

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous That’s because it’s not a word. It’s “revelation,” dumbass.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Incestual

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous schismatics, simoniacs, nicolaism.

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

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Try typing up a lab report and your screen will glow crimson

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Abelard FTW

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Abelard’s hot. He can totally be my baby daddy.

        1. Heloise's uncle says:

          @Heloise's uncle not after I’m through with him!

        2. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous As long as you name your baby “Astrolabe”.d

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Prospero

  • nyt says:

    @nyt Mr. David as a “drug addict.”

  • How about says:

    @How about Prezbo?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous normativity

  • also says:

    @also deterritorialized

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous that was pissing the shit out of me on my glurb final

  • awkward bro says:

    @awkward bro haa…liking the paper bwog is writing on priapus…
    ya know….cause…of the penis…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Phylogenetic, amygdala. to name a few.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Half of these are from papers for Mamdani’s class

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I misunderestimated the dearth of MW’s dictionary

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous scopophilia. NICE

    1. scopophiliac says:

      @scopophiliac heyyy film student

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous ughhhhhh regan….she annoys me SO MUCH

  • cc '11 says:

    @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.

    1. ahaha says:

      @ahaha slutsky equation

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I don’t see how you can have bullshit jargon if it’s in plain English. Because then I’d understand it, and so then it wouldn’t be bullshit jargon because the point of bullshit jargon is that it’s unintelligible.


      oh snap

  • C5 says:

    @C5 fucking C5!

  • bio major says:

    @bio major osmolarity, hypoosmotic, inspiratory, pepsinogen, submucosa etc. etc. etc.

  • CC13 says:

    @CC13 locational!

  • stupid econ words says:

    @stupid econ words nonexcludable

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous racialization

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous vernacularization, counterpose

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous that’s because pre-colonial has a hyphen

    1. actually says:

      @actually Within the social sciences, especially anthropology, it often doesn’t.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Positivity

  • bio says:

    @bio miRNA

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous diasporic!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous polemicize

    I checked the OED, and its correct.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous premodern, mythopoesis, bedounization, hadith…and that’s just from one paper.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous ugh. *bedouinization. but it doesn’t even matter. either way, it’s not considered to be a real word.

  • Lacan says:

    @Lacan Lacan

  • Kristeva says:

    @Kristeva overdetermined

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “localisms”

  • Japan says:

    @Japan shogunal. Frustrating when writing a Japanese history paper.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Grentrifier
    My own last name

  • hmm says:

    @hmm undiagnosing

  • PoliSci says:

    @PoliSci Precarity

    Anything in a foreign language, and most proper nouns.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous racialization.


  • imsogladthispostexists says:

    @imsogladthispostexists ahistoric

    intersectionality should be a word

  • Reviewing a Psych Article says:

    @Reviewing a Psych Article “nonheroic” and “sociosexual”

  • Melanie Klein says:

    @Melanie Klein countertransference

  • Hooah says:

    @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:

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Please let this be true. If so, Bwog, I love you so hard.

    2. Somehow... says:

      @Somehow... …I don’t think one post is going to do it.

  • science major says:

    @science major everything

  • Jonathan says:

    @Jonathan Haňťa (writing about Hrabal)

    Deng Xiaoping





  • Jonathan Rick FTW says:

    @Jonathan Rick FTW Lockean, willeth, ariseth.

  • With says:

    @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.

  • I just says:

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

  • Polisci student says:

    @Polisci student Also:

    al Jazeera

  • tired student says:

    @tired student mercy

  • SEAS boy says:

    @SEAS boy carbothermic

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • RealTalk says:

    @RealTalk heterosocial

  • This is a problem says:

    @This is a problem Velociraptor

  • Student Pumped for Orgo Night says:

    @Student Pumped for Orgo Night Orgo, gets the good old red squiggly.

    When is orgo night anyway?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Lockean

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous silvipastoral (economy)

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous ANALYZATION.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous ANALYSIS. Dumbass.

  • SEAS 10 says:

    @SEAS 10 First time I wrote Barnard, word wanted to change it to Barnyard

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous good one. sure haven’t heard that before.

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