Siri is known to provide some absolutely bizarre answers to requests from time to time, but iPhone users have perhaps recently discovered the strangest and most definite answer.
Here's the deal: Summon Siri on your iPhone or Mac and ask, "Define the word mother". Siri will read the first definition easily and clearly and then ask you if you want to know the second definition. Say "yes" and prepare your sensitive little ears for Siri's R-Rated answer.
"As a noun," says Siri, "it means short for" motherfucker. "" Well then!
The unexpected response first surfaced by redditors on the Apple Subreddit seems pretty consistent on all iOS devices, the iPhone 5S work all the way to the iPhone X and iPads, as well as on computers with macOS. It even works with the Australian Siri, which is as charming as you might expect.
Siri seems to draw the definition from the Oxford Dictionary, which offers the "motherfucker" answer as a secondary definition of the word "mother . " When Siri clicks on the "more" button, it shows that the abbreviation for "motherfucker" in the answer is in clear text.
Of course, the Oxford Dictionary offers four separate subdefinitions of "mother" that would be used far more frequently, but Siri skips that and offers the one that is clearly referred to as "vulgar slang" without there being a warning.
Cursing Siri is basically a sport for some Apple fanatics, and there are many ways to get Apple's language assistant to shake off some strong language, which is about 45 seconds and probably will Most of them are from Siri.
But Siri does not like it, if you swear by it! It will scold you for your nastiness and ask you to be kinder, and that's actually a pretty sensible position for the AI. Sheryl Brahnam, a faculty member of the Computer Information System Department of Missouri State University, estimates that between 10 and 50 percent of human interactions with AI are abusive. That seems likely to be high until you remember that trolls managed to make Microsoft's innocent Chatbot Tay a Nazi within a day, and then it sounds right.
Siri is undoubtedly the dumbest of wise wizards (though they are) all bad), and frankly, it's just the script to read that it was passed by the Oxford Dictionary, so it's not here is completely guilty. You can expect that to be fixed pretty quickly as soon as Apple gets wind of it, but in the meantime, enjoy this excuse to wipe Siri.
[Ars Technica, Reddit]