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iOS users have found a weird glitch that makes Siri provide NSFW word definitions

So, it looks like Siri is not as much of a prude as you thought.

Users claim to have discovered a strange glitch that makes the virtual assistant turn into one foulmouthed mother****er. No, seriously.

Last Saturday, redditor “thatwasabaddecision” suggested that people ask Siri to “define the word mother”.

Supposedly, the digital assistant first recites the main definition from the Oxford Dictionary before offering to give a second, more colourful interpretation.

“As a noun, it means a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth,” Siri says for the first definition. She then asks if you want to hear the second definition, and that’s when the bomb drops.

“As a noun,” says the stoic virtual assistant, “it means, short for ‘motherf***er’.”

We tried this seminal cultural experiment on a couple of devices without a positive result, but plenty of people have claimed success. And it seems even Australian Siri says it.

You might want to plug some earphones in before playing this:

So, you might ask: what drives Siri to suddenly turn into Pulp Fiction-era Samuel L. Jackson?

Well, the Oxford Dictionary also includes the colloquial use of some words, and in the case of “mother” it lists a second definition:

North American vulgar slang

Short for motherf***er.”

According to Snopes, Apple has already patched the glitch. Sadly, this means you probably won’t be able to recreate it.

Siri is often considered the “dumbest” virtual assistant in the market. Apple’s navigation service has been criticised in the past for several content issues, including limited language support and poor emergency comprehension.

Last year, Siri’s, ahem, “intelligence” also made headlines when people on social media came up with the “108” prank.

Users were telling their friends to say, “Hey Siri, 108” to their Apple devices with the promise of unearthing the supposedly hidden three-way FaceTime call feature. It actually activated the iPhone’s emergency response.

As soon as Siri hears the call for 108, it responds with, “Calling Emergency Services in five seconds.” Prank victims only had a few seconds to cancel the call before being transferred to emergency responders.

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