Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Berating Google

I'm a lawyer, and that means I try to be precise with my language. I don't always succeed, but I try. So this means I do a lot of Google searches of "define X" to make sure I'm using a word correctly for the idea I'm conveying. I don't remember why, but I wanted to make sure berating was the word I wanted, so I googled it. And this is what I got:


Does something seem off to you? Yeah...


Really now, Google? Maybe you should get a psychoanalyst. 

This is not taken from another website. It is an actual screen capture from my own browsing. 

8 comments:

  1. this is a foremost example of artificial intelligence. the computer (dr. google) knew you are jewish. if you were japanese it would read "shinto upbringing"

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  2. I got the same thing for the record...

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  3. It seems the original source is from Oxford (!), of all places:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=Vm_mNJiflwgC&lpg=PA45&ots=d0UTlLbaJN&dq=%22my%20son%20berated%20me%20for%20not%20giving%20him%20a%20Jewish%20upbringing%22&pg=PA45#v=onepage&q=%22my%20son%20berated%20me%20for%20not%20giving%20him%20a%20Jewish%20upbringing%22&f=false

    http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O999-berate.html

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  4. Wow, I had to see for myself. I wonder if @menash has it right. I wish I could hope on an "Irish computer" or maybe an "African American computer" and check it out.

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  5. I'm Muslim and when I tried it out, it came up with the same thing, so it must be the standard definition.
    (even though I'm not Jewish, I find this blog to be really interesting and educational. :) I hope that you'll start posting regularly again someday.

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  6. Comes up the same here in Melbourne

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  7. Maybe the author is speaking from personal experience?

    Maybe not. Otherwise, I don't have a clue as to why they would use that reference.

    It is wonderful to "see" you back.

    Hope all is going well!

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