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"Ducking" is the English word commonly suggested and autocorrected in replacement of the profanity "fucking" in short message service (SMS) language.

Origin

The earliest appearances of "ducking" in the place of "fucking" came in the late '90s on cell phones using T9 predictive text, which would complete words for you based on what it was likely to be. One of the earliest mentions of predictive text suggesting ducking was featured in the comments section of a post on the blog Ma.tt[7] on February 14th, 2005, titled "T9 Tip." User Jay Allen commented:

"Also there is a certain curse word that is spelled the same with T9 as “ducking”.


The earliest Urban Dictionary[2] entry for ducking was added on August 30th, 2007, by user Kayne M. Dewhurst who defined it as:

"The suggested word that predictive text on your cell phone writes when you try and say "fucking"


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On December 1st, 2007, Youtuber yaragn[1] uploaded a video titled "History of the Predictive Text Swearing," which featured a clip from the British sketch comedy show The Armstrong and Miller Show. The sketch imagined the people behind predictive text suggestions were purposefully suggesting words like "ducking" to avoid text swears.



On December 5th, 2008, Gizmodo[4] published an article titled “How to Fix the Ducking iPhone Puritanism,” which explained how to fix an iPhone’s autocorrect so it wouldn’t autocorrect swears such as “f**cking.”

"Fortunately, TJ Luoma has had a great idea to fix it: You only need to load your favorite swear words as contacts. Remember to put them all in lowercase, and every time you write duck or ducking or motherduckers, the iPhone will not try to correct them."


On October 18th, 2011, College Humor[6] uploaded a video titled "Auto-Correct Love Song," which is a comedic song which features a text conversation between two people interested in going on a date which features the autocorrect ducking.



On August 13th, 2013, the Facebook page[3] "I Ducking Hate Autocorrect" was created. On April 12th, 2014, Twitchy[5] published a post titled "‘Duck off, autocorrect!’ Do you ever feel like your ‘ducking’ iPhone doesn’t know you at all," which featured a collection of tweets in which Twitter user expressed their frustration with autocorrect changing their swears to ducking.

Apple Autocorrect Update

At Apple's 2023 WWDC event, where new products and updates are announced, the company shared news of an update that promised to solve the "ducking" autocorrect problem. Using artificial intelligence, Apple promised that future Apple products would learn common words in users' vocabularies (including curse words) and not subject them to autocorrecting. Apple executive Craig Federighi announced the news by making a "ducking" joke, which received considerable online attention (seen below).[8]



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WHAT IFITOLD YOU IMEANT TO TYPETHE WORD "DUCKING" EXACTLY ZERO TIMES SINCEI BOUGHT THIS DUCKING PHONE YOUTHINK THISIS MOTHERDUCKING GAME? quickmeme.com DUCKIT MDONE AUTOCORRECT When I text I use the word duck' a lot, mostly because autocorrect is a birch. somee cards user card DISABLE AUTOCORRECT YOU DUCKING IDIOT quickmeme.com TIRED' OF THIS SHO DUCKINGAUTO CORRECT

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