*Siri’s definition of the word “bitch” isn’t doing black women any favors.
The Huffington Post notes the offensive nature of the definition as it detailed what happens when someone asks Siri to define the word.
“When you ask Siri to define the word, the second definition it provides reads: “(informal, derogatory) a spiteful or unpleasant woman.” The first sub-meaning underneath that definition reads: “(black slang) a woman,” the Post pointed out while comparing Siri’s definition to the less sexist and racist one for “bitch’ given by the Urban Dictionary, a crowdsourced online dictionary of slang words and phrases.
As for where Siri got its definition of “bitch” from, the Post cites Apple, which referenced the New Oxford American Dictionary for Siri’s catalogue of definitions, despite “black slang” not being referenced in Oxford’s current definition on its site.
Turns out, Google‘s search database uses the exact same definition of “bitch.” Technology’s use of offensive language for black people isn’t new. According to the Post, Google ended up apologizing in June for tagging photos of black people as “gorillas.”