XBOX Live Decides Your Surname Is Offensive Because It Contains The Letters "G-A-Y"

Reader Richard would like to use his full name as his gamer tag, but XBOX has decided that “Gaywood” is offensive. Here’s his letter:

After that fuss t’other day when Xbox Live banned the gamertag TheGayerGamer, I wondered if this would happen; lo and behold it has. They’ve banned my gamertag too. What makes this funny is that my old tag is just my name — Gaywood is my surname, which they could easily verify from my Live profile etc. I can’t decide if I’m amused or annoyed by this.

Thought you might like to note this in your coverage of the story. I’d suspect anyone with the string “gay” in their name is going to get a free new Gamertag soon. I haven’t played much on public live servers of late, so I suspect this is more likely to be down to an automated script trawling the database rather than individual tags that have been complained about. So, where does this end? What if my home address is in Scunthorpe?

Our sister site Kotaku obtained Mr. Gaywood’s driver’s license, which is more than Microsoft bothered to do:

PREVIOUSLY: “Gay” Player Name Banned By Xbox Live

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  1. mergatroy6 says:

    Dick Gaywood, somebody’s parents don’t like them.

  2. WampaLord says:

    So his name is Dick Gaywood? HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Seriously, though, Microsoft is going a bit too far here. Even if it’s just a joke name, there’s nothing inheritely offensive about it.

  3. snazz says:

    same thing happened to my friend on AOL, they wouldnt let her user her last name “Cuntin” as her screen name (yes, that right… its an actual last name)

  4. snazz says:

    @WampaLord: oh, i didnt make that connection. Dick, Gay and Wood…. poor man!

  5. SkokieGuy says:

    And couldn’t you have fully redacted his Driver’s License? Now the whole world knows that Dick Gaywood is B, BE, C1, C1E, etc, not to mention fknlp!

  6. That name isn’t offensive. It’s HILARIOUS.

    Seriously, Dick Gaywood must have beat up every day in the sixth grade because of that name. He probably uses that as his gamertag just so he can troll sixth-graders into a game, and kick their asses in displaced vengeance/rage.

  7. laddibugg says:

    doesn’t gay mean happy, too?

  8. henwy says:

    You’d think someone named Dick Gaywood would have bigger issues than whether xbox accepted his userid.

  9. Geekybiker says:

    Okay, this is just taking things too far now.

  10. henwy says:

    @ laddibugg:

    I’m not sure Dick (happy)wood is much better.

  11. Verdigris says:

    That has to be photoshopped… no parents would hate their kid enough to call him both Dick and Gay in the same name…

    All joking aside, this whole banning names craze has got to stop. If someones name offends you while you are playing online you need to chillax…

  12. nursetim says:

    Sounds like MS is running some type of program looking for certain words in gamer tags. We will know for sure when noted short track racers Dick Trickle and Richard Hed have their gamer tags rejected.

  13. Greeper says:

    I went to highschool with a guy named Harry Aycock. WTF?

  14. apotheosis says:

    They banned my gamertag “Gaylord McMotherf*cker” for the same reason.

    Homophobes.

  15. Mudd-Dobber says:

    At the risk of aging myself; didn’t the Flintstone’s theme song mention them having a “Gay Ole’ Time”?

    Poor Fred

  16. petrarch1608 says:

    i know a tamra allcock, her work email address is tallcock@…

  17. graymulligan says:

    I have a student in a class I’m teaching this quarter named “Harry Hiscock”.

    and this is completely ridiculous. MS is deluded if they think that gamertag is offensive.

  18. bovinekid says:

    @Mudd-Dobber: Any gamertags with references to the Flintstones are also banned.

  19. Just wait until the holidays when everyone’s donning their gay apparel.

  20. quattie says:

    @Verdigris: A quick search in Google shows a few other Richard Gaywoods out there. Is this instance Photoshoped, who knows, but there are parents out there who certainly hate their kids.

  21. evslin says:

    Well that’s gay.

    uhhhhh, yeah

  22. flamincheney says:

    My father worked with a man named Rick Hardigan.

  23. katylostherart says:

    i really REALLY want to make a welsh joke.

  24. snoop-blog says:

    I finally can agree with microsoft on this one…. I totally find the name Gaywood, completely offensive!

  25. HIV 2 Elway says:

    Didn’t we go over this last week?

  26. zentex says:

    @Verdigris: you obviously don’t have kids…

  27. snoop-blog says:

    Wow. That dudes parents must have really hated him!

  28. Greeper says:

    Yet I still can’t do anything about the guy who told me to Die Faggot Motherf*ucker and then proceeded to repeat “faggotfaggotfaggot” for 10 minutes.

  29. DCKiwi says:

    You’re not allowed to use your real name as your gamer tag anyway. Give it up, Dick Gaywood.

  30. spinachdip says:

    If I understand the previous gay gamer tag thread correctly, any reference to homosexuality is ramming the gay agenda down other people’s throats (holy shit, that’s homoerotic), and there are impressionable children who want to play Halo or GTA without being exposed to anyone remotely different from them and things that parents might feel uncomfortable explaining.

  31. Bladefist says:

    Gaylord Focker. Come on MS, chillax.

  32. crabbyman6 says:

    Err, I’m pretty sure these bannings are just automated based on user complaints. There’s not some homophobic MS overlord looking to ban people. Users (granted from my Live experiences most of them are homophobic) report these people and after something like X reports the computer tells them to change their name. I know a lot of people here like to blame “M$” and other corporations for anything they can, but come on…

    P.S. This name is HILARIOUS.
    P.P.S. I went to high school with a kid named Mike Hunt(say it fast).

  33. Bladefist says:

    @spinachdip: Typically I would agree, keep the homosexual stuff out of places where there is kids. But, as a halo player on Xbox live, those kids are bastard children. They are mean, gross, racist, and everything else.

    And I am against censorship, so, there should be some kind of waiver you check, that the parents have to do that says, “While your kids are killing bitches in halo, they’ll also be learning new words, and grow custom to repeating them”

    Personally I wouldn’t let my kids play on these live games.

  34. snazz says:

    @petrarch1608: I LOVE IT!! we always joked in college that if shelly long went to vassar, her email would be shlong@vassar.edu

  35. startertan says:

    High school-kid named Joe Blueball
    Summer Temp Work-CEO of BlueCross BlueShield NCA was Larry Glasscock.

  36. My friend’s brother has a teacher named Mr. Buhtsecks. Not kidding.

  37. Bladefist says:

    @spinachdip: You think its okay for kids to learn about *sexuals? You’re messed up.

  38. IphtashuFitz says:

    Reminds me of AOL a number of years back banning the word “breast” in their online forums for being offensive. They immediately got a ton of flack from the members of a forum on AOL dedicated to survivors of breast cancer. They didn’t like having to refer to themselves as “hooter cancer survivors” thanks to AOL’s censorship. Needless to say they quickly reversed their position once they realized how stupid they had been. However I don’t think MS will reverse this any time soon…

  39. Trai_Dep says:

    Yeah, it’s absurd. The last time they did this, it could be seen as coming from some thirteen-year-old with issues. Not so much with this.
    Perhaps it’s jealousy: wouldn’t you be a bit defensive if you worked in a company with “micro” and “soft” in its name?

  40. ViperBorg says:

    @apotheosis: I think they did it for the second part of your gamertag there, chief. That’s a CLEAR violation of their TOS. Richard I think has a case, but your SOL.

  41. blackmage439 says:

    I once knew a guy whose last name was “Cummings”.

    M$ really needs to be a little less liberal with their censorship. Sending a polite request to change the name would suffice. No need to outright ban them.

  42. dry-roasted-peanuts says:

    I wonder if they would ban the name “HomosexualDave”?

  43. Vicky says:

    Someone in the support department at my company had to change his name for email purposes because customers’ spam filters kept bouncing or deleting his emails based on a match against four consecutive letters in his otherwise-innocuous last name.

  44. snoop-blog says:

    My next option would totally be Richard Fagwood.

  45. @laddibugg: Your correct gay means happy. I don’t know when or how is started being related to homosexuality.

  46. @SkokieGuy: Oh no! Not my fknlp!

    @Verdigris: ‘Fraid not, my real name is Richard Gaywood. On the one hand, shortening Richard to Dick isn’t common here in UK. On the other hand, yeah, I think my parents probably displayed poor judgement there.

    @quattie: There are three Richard Gaywoods in Google: a cricketer (whose first name is Nick and his middle name is Richard), a 17th century sculptor, and me. All those non-cricket non-old-art links are me.

    @katylostherart: You are the first person to even recognise that as Welsh, well done!

    @DCKiwi: People keep telling me that if I use my real name on the internet I will die and my house will explode but no-one has actually told me why yet. I’ve been using my real name on forums for ten years now and I’m still not dead.

    @crabbyman6: It’s not automated, Microsoft are insistent all complaints are handled by hand: [www.stepto.com]

  47. So if Gaylord Perry wanted to play XBox, he’d have to play as “MarvThroneberry?” Say it isn’t so?

  48. So, the next gamertag to be banned is: SugaYum

  49. apotheosis says:

    @ViperBorg:

    You go right ahead and play apologist for the vast heterosexual conspiracy, pal.

  50. katylostherart says:

    @RichardGaywood: few other languages with a completely english alphabet form words entirely out of consonants.

    :D

    plus i work with ids for a living.

  51. iMe2 says:

    How utterly in the gutter is the mind of the man behind the curtain at Microsoft making these decisions that he associates “Gaywood” with “butt sex?”

  52. howie_in_az says:

    @snoop-blog: I find it strangely arousing…

  53. apotheosis says:

    @katylostherart:

    i work with ids for a living

    Lucky you. I work with egos.

  54. Greeper says:

    @Bladefist: “those kids are bastard kids….”

    Yeah! I hate them and I hate their ASS FACES!

  55. jonnyobrien says:

    My college roommate was named Bum Suk.

    I interviewed a woman just because her name was Amanda Hugenkiss. She ended up getting the job, not because she was had a favorite TV show reference for a name. We had to ask our receptionist to stop saying “really?” when someome called ‘looking’ for her. It got old really quickly.

    If some idiot can change his name to Obi Wan Kenobi, Mr. Gaywood should certainly be allowed use his given name as his GamerTag. What if his name was Richard Head, would Dick Head not be allowed as his tag and banned?

    Though personally I would use something more fun like Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog or Bob from Accounting.

  56. rbb says:

    My favorite is Richard Cranium… ;)

  57. ganzhimself says:

    @Verdigris:
    You would be surprised. There was a guy in my HS who was named Richard Beder. Yes, Dick Beder (pronounced Dick Beater).

  58. katylostherart says:

    @apotheosis: hahaha if you knew the context those ids we could have a great competition about which work environment has a bigger ego problem.

  59. Dillenger69 says:

    I wonder if he goes to “The Pounder School”
    That was a good SNL skit the other night.
    [widgets.nbc.com]

  60. chewiemeat says:

    I really hate the swarm of homophobes and racists in multiplayer games, so I can see where Microsoft is coming from. I take time to report and rate every player that makes excessive comments about those two things. However, the problem with zero-tolerance is the same problem with mandatory prison sentences – it removes common sense and thought for unique circumstances.

  61. joe23521 says:

    @crabbyman6:

    That would make a perfect x-rated Simpsons phone prank:

    Bart: “I’m looking for a Mr. Hunt, first name Mike.”
    Moe: “Hang on…” turns to crowd, “Mike Hunt! Where’s Mike Hunt? Anybody here seen Mike Hunt?!…”

  62. mike says:

    @snoop-blog: I find the name “Richard” offensive.

  63. Novum says:

    I knew a Takashi Toyota when I was in college; his email address was automatically generated at takashit@

    …that is, until he complained about it :)

  64. spinachdip says:

    @Bladefist: No, of course not.

    But kids start using gay references, homophobic or otherwise, at a pretty early age. When I was growing up, kids were using “gay” as a pejorative well before Halo-appropriate age. I don’t see the big deal with telling a kid that there are boys who like boys and girls who like girls, and that it’s really nothing to be ashamed of or tease someone about. I learned that around 9 or 10, before I really understood sex, and I don’t feel my innocense was robbed in anyway. I just shrugged and wondered why other kids thought it was such a hoot.

    If homosexuality wasn’t so stigmatized, no one would be offended by the mere mention of “gay” or think identifying self as one would be considered promoting it or ramming it down the throat. Well, there is that whole homophobic ethos in the American-English vernacular, but that’s more a subject for the Linguistist than Consumerist.

  65. Coelacanth says:

    @joe23521: There’s a movie called Porky’s that does exactly that skit.

  66. P_Smith says:

    Does anybody else remember the NFL pulling the same stupidity?

    For those who forgot or never heard it, a fan wanted a New England Patsies jersey with aplayer’s name and number on it. The NFL’s automated system said it was “offensive”, despite *Randall Gay* being a player’s actual name.

  67. womynist says:

    @Bladefist
    “Typically I would agree, keep the homosexual stuff out of places where there is kids.”

    First of all, it is “places where there ARE kids.” Secondly, that comment makes you sound like one of those right-wing Christian extremists who is convinced that homosexual individuals are somehow “deviants” that will “turn your kids gay”. Go read a fucking book.

  68. dwhicks01 says:

    They banned my friends name “Supaballz”.

    Granted its a tad more offensive, but still come on.

    Hopefully they don’t ban mine as it’s offensive to rednecks: “Hicksvillan”, even though it’s part of my name and a city where some relatives live: Hicksville, Ohio.

    Also, why do people on XBOX Live pronounce it Hicksvillian, there is no I, and even though there is one is villain, notice the placement of the I there as well, it is silent. Go back to school if you can’t read.

  69. thesabre says:

    My high school algebra teacher’s name was Mr. Bator. Obviously, everyone referred to him as Master.

  70. hassanchop says:

    I have had problems using my name Hassan or the variation that I use Hassanchop. I have been told that my name is offensive. I just wonder what the hell they were thinking. Yes Ass is in my name but my name is one of the most common names in the ENTIRE world.

  71. theHef says:

    I’m thinking that the idiots at M$ should spend more time getting my Live connection working rather than wasting it on this nonsense!

  72. SkokieGuy says:

    So this means that the South Park teacher, Miss Chokesondick cannot use her name as her xbox handle? How sad.

    I’m going to take construction paper and make a frowny face.

    As said with the previous post, it’s nice that MS at least makes an attempt to regulate the political correctness of nicknames used by people who kill, rape, maim and torture electronically, for entertainment.

    And my Mom went to school with a girl named Olive Pitt.

  73. PinUp says:

    So MS has decided that any potential gay reference is too vulgar for wee impressionable minds, but the blatent violence in video games isn’t so much an issue?

    Um…ok.

  74. kaitlind says:

    I needed to make an appointment at my local apple store. I did it online. When I went to enter my last name “Dickerson” it wouldn’t accept it because it said it was obscene.

    I laughed so hard and sent my boyfriend a screen shot, then I used his name to make the appointment because his last name was a bit more acceptable.

  75. SkokieGuy says:

    Is there anything wrong with making a reservation for dinner under the name Irving Penis? It’s always fun (especially in Boystown) to have the host call out “Penis Party of 4!”

  76. Amiga_500 says:

    This reminded me of my previous recruiter. Her last name was Greathead.

  77. MCShortbus says:

    I have to say I find it funny (and stupid) that his Gamertag gets banned, but mine (MC Shortbus) is totally acceptable.

  78. varun says:

    I got banned too – “vnangia” is apparently too close to a female genitalia in their view.

    Bastards.

  79. selectman says:

    As a TA in college I had a student from Southeast Asia (perhaps the Philippines) named, I kid you not, “Kittiporn”. Poor thing had NO clue either…

  80. @selectman: I knew a girl from thailand who had the very memorable name “Porn Gay” (pronounced “Jay” and not gay)

  81. Norcross says:

    Something tells me this is not the first time he’s had to explain his name, hence the “not sure if I was amused or annoyed” comment.

  82. MissPeacock says:

    My boyfriend had to set up an email address for a Tina Watson…twatson@blah.com. He delicately tried to steer her away from that name, but she didn’t get the reference, so that’s her email address now.

  83. Bladefist says:

    @womynist: What book? You sound like a pretty typical idiot.

  84. @Bladefist:

    Awesome, too bad more parents do not share the sentiment. I feel like that is one of the issues at the heart of this. Most parents seem to be fine with just buying their kids a new account if banned for whatever reason. Thusly kids learn that they can do and say anything and we get the “Chocolate Milk Kid”

    @womynist:

    Wow, correcting his grammar, lame.

    I wish that here @ the Consumerist, we could actually discuss these things maturely instead of starting flame wars and making dick and fart jokes.

    I’m sure that it is just an automated system, but the algorithm was written by a human. But no one really cares. My fellow consumerists have made that clear. Microsoft has also made it clear that if you are not a straight male age 8 to 65 or whatever Xbox live is not the place for you. Just like the “Moral” majority of america, fuck fags, towel heads and basically anyone who is not a white god-fearing middle class worker. Fortunately for Bill and Steve’s excellent adventure, there will never be enough people to boycott big “Softy” or “Live” for anything to be resolved and elevate Xbox Live to the unifying community we all hoped it would be.

    Girls can’t be gammers and that goes double for girly guys.

  85. linbey says:

    @crabbyman6:

    You know if people were truly homophobic they would stop playing when they see that name. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. The misuse of the word homophobia. By definition it is an irrational fear of homosexual people and if you were a true homophobe you would run in fear at the sight of one. Someone who simply disagrees with the lifestyle is NOT a homophobe

  86. FuzzyPlushroom says:

    @RichardGaywood: Of course it’s Welsh, there aren’t enough vowels!

    @P_Smith: Dick Butkus (of the Bears), of course, is okay.

  87. @FuzzyPlushroom: I’m surprised I’ve never seen Welsh before. It really is a funny-looking language.

    I mean seriously, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
    “The name is Welsh for “St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave” [en.wikipedia.org] .

    And to think that I thought German had a fondness for long proper nouns.

  88. mcjake says:

    It’s gotta be an automatic content filter that it marking this. I’m a community manager for the commenting system for my website. I can see how this would feasibly happen. However, with my system, I would get a notice, I would look at it, and go “Yeah, that’s not offensive or in violation of our T.O.S.

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  90. ramblinrosie says:

    @linbey:

    “Someone who simply disagrees with the lifestyle is NOT a homophobe.”

    “Disagrees with” is not the right wording. It’s “disapproves of.”

  91. spinachdip says:

    @linbey: Did you know that when people say “filming”, they’re not actually using film?! And street sweeping trucks clean using a brushing, not sweeping motion? And the Pennsylvania Dutch are actually of German, not Dutch descent? THE OUTRAGE!!!!!11!!!11!!!

    And how does one disagree with gayness? It’s not a question or an argument or an idea. Disagreeing with sexual orientation seems exactly the type of thing that’s motivated by irrational hatred.

    @Michael Belisle: That station used to have a shorter name but figured getting on the Guinness Book of Records would help local tourism. But that double-L is impossible to pronounce for mortals like me.

  92. @spinachdip: I saw that in the Wikipedia article after I read more than the intro. I must, however, pedantically point out that the Guinness Book of World Records didn’t exist until about 100 years after the village changed its name.

    @linbey: The dictionary (and common usage) respectfully disagrees with your limited definition:

    ho•mo•pho•bia (2) noun Fear or hatred of homosexuals and homosexuality.

    ho•mo•pho•bic a. (and n.) Pertaining to, characterized by, or exhibiting homophobia; hostile towards homosexuals. Also occas. as n., a person who displays homophobia.

  93. Bladefist says:

    @genehuntlover: Good points. Ignore the grammar police. Have you ever noticed people pick on grammar when their stance on the subject is weak?

    Also people think your grammar on blog comments speaks to your intelligence. I see a ton of well typed bone head ideas on here. I guess if people want to destroy the youth of America, at least they’ll put it in the time to do with great grammar.

  94. Bladefist says:

    @womynist: If feeling the way I do makes me a “right wing EXTREMIST” then what is non-extremist? Agreeing with you? Actually forget it. I’m glad people like you exist. Somebody has to mow my lawn. When you’re too old, your kids can.

    It’s not because of xbox live, cursing, or homosexuality that makes me say that, its just the lack of being a good parent. I can only assume if your kids did drugs, you would say thats a cultural experience. It’s a snow ball effect man. You dont have to teach your kids gays are deviants, but you can keep that stuff out of their lives until they are old enough to understand.

  95. linbey says:

    @spinachdip:

    When you make a choice anyone can disagree with you

  96. linbey says:

    @Michael Belisle:

    Try looking at a definition that was written before a lot of people started choosing a gay lifestyle like maybe pre 1969

  97. Raziya says:

    Those emails…rofl.

    As for the post, MS…l2 have a sense of humor. Or check into something that sounds obviously like a real name. Or blow up. Whichever works. :)

  98. @linbey: Why would I do that? That’s 40 years ago. You see, a lot’s happened since then. For one, today there’s this thing called Xbox Live…

  99. spinachdip says:

    @linbey: Oh right. I forgot that sexual orientation was a choice, because people *choose* to be social pariahs. I mean, estrangement from family, discrimination, mockery, violence – I mean, who wouldn’t choose that? It’s a wonder you and I manage to suppress our urge to go gay. Heterosexuality is such a chore, amirite?

  100. @bladefist: Goodness, you’re frighteningly stupid. What is going to happen to a child which is aware of the concept of a homosexual, exactly? They are more or less aware of the concept of a heterosexual, after all; their parents are probably heterosexuals. Is the idea of two men or women who love each other really THAT destructive? I knew about the existence of homosexuals from a young age and it never killed me; admittedly I’m gay myself, but so did my siblings, and they’re not…

    Also, what is this thing about homosexuality being a ‘lifestyle’? Is it because all us gays do exactly the same thing? Oh, dear; I’d better drop the programming and practice for my hairdresser exams, or I might have my license revoked! People who refer to it as a ‘lifestyle choice’, of course, are either deliberately attempting to mislead, or are sufficiently stupid that they have been misled by somebody else.

  101. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    @Bladefist: Reminds me of the old lawyer’s saying, “If you’re strong on the facts but weak on the law, pound the facts. If you’re weak on the facts but strong on the law, pound the law. If you’re weak on both the facts and the law, pound the table.”

  102. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    @Robert Synnott: I agree. At what point is it considered to be appropriate to tell a child raised by a gay couple that its parents are both the same sex? Gee, the child might grow up thinking there is nothing wrong with being gay. Horrors. Let me grab my pearls and my crotch to save them from the bad people.

  103. delphi_ote says:

    I tried the name Eugenie as a name in Rock Band and was denied on XBox Live. I STILL can’t imagine where the “swear word” is in that.

  104. ageshin says:

    The term ‘gay’ as refering to homosexuals is, as far as I know, quite recent. The word really means to being joyous. If you know the old song “When are harts were young and gay”, you know the song doesn’t refer to being homosexual. Words are only ‘bad’ in the mind of the beholder. Microsoft should really get out of the censering buisness and stick to gaming or software or what ever it is good at.

  105. donkeyjote says:

    That, along with Gaylord, or Dyke, which are valid last names (and sometimes first).

    (Funny thing, today I saw one of those limo drivers at the airport holding up a sign for Runt, D…. D runt. The Runt. HA)

  106. mmstk101 says:

    @Robert Synnott: well put.

    i’m a little shocked that the conversation went from discussing the validity of banning someone based on their last name to, realistically, full-on anti-gay comments. Yikes.

  107. fugly says:

    @spinachdip: Tip on saying the welsh double L

    put the end of your toungue against the roof of your mouth where it meet the top of your front teeth. relax it so it *nearly* seals the airway. now try saying the Ls as if there was an h at the start (i.e for Llan… say hlan).
    For extra effect acompany with lots of phlegm, add back of the throat, gutteral spitting (as if you’re going to hack up some extra phlegm) and you’ll be pretty close)
    if you want to cheat, my dad’s solution was to say Clan with extra h-iness…

    Disclaimer: IANA Welsh Person

  108. arkitect75 says:

    I had a friend growing up whose father’s name was Jack Haas

  109. fadecomic says:

    To be fair, shortening “Richard” to “Dick” isn’t all that common in the USA, either, except in 1) the over 50 crowd, and 2) in order to make a joke.

  110. William C Bonner says:

    With this attitude, we’d never have gotten a president named Bush on a ballot.

  111. Anonymous says:

    I’ve noticed this increasingly lately. My previously used gamertag that i had for 3 years was recently dubbed as offensive and i was forced to change it. It was jackofasses. Most people on live never complained to me about it, or found it offensive. Most just giggled and found it clever. But, i assume due to a bot swear filter, it has now gone and decided any words containing a swear or ‘offensive’ words is no longer a valid gamertag. I’m willing to bet that making a gamertag with Cockatoo in it, or even cockroach won’t be allowed. Yet i see people finding ways around these filters with the twist oof a word or two.

    I understand people will get offended by certain names. Welcome to life. One mans pleasure is another mans pain. But how far do we take political correctness? Why is it, that hundreds of gamers get to be ‘punished’ because of another group of gamers on a private medium. Live has privacy filters, they have ways to avoid players, so why do people still feel the need to rag on someone for a name, which is probably just a joke, or an actual name/nickname the person has in real life, or on the web.

    I’m growing increasingly tired of always having to change MY way for the ‘greater good’ of letting people live in their little bubbles where vulgar language and violence and crude behavior don’t exist.

    The truth of the matter is, if you’re going to get upset, and take offense to a screen name, then you really need to get out more. I don’t care if you find it funny, or if you don’t find it funny, so long as you know, that it’s just words on a screen, and there is no harm meant by it.

    The same people who are crying about our screen names are probably the parents of 12 year old Jimmy who plays gears of war and Left 4 Dead screaming swears and talking trash to people twice his age when mom and dad aren’t home anyway. There’s nothing he’s gonna read, or hear on xbox live that he hasn’t already heard during mommy and daddy’s fights, or in the playground at school.

    If you don’t want to expose your kids to vulgard language on the internet, don’t subscribe to xbox live, World of Warcraft, or even the internet. Hey, why not take it a step further, lock your child in the basement away from the light of day with no means of talking to the outside world. Paint the walls powder blue, with flowers and rainbows while you’re at it. Then lets see how well adjusted your brand new sociopathic child turns out to be all because you didn’t let him grow up in the REAL WORLD where nothing is fair, where violence and vulgarity exist and take place in a million different ways EVERY DAY.

    Next time you want to cry about something, why not cry to the news stations about broadcasting all that REAL violence taking place in iraq. Or talking about child molesters, rapists and murderers. That is the REAL stuff you should be complaining about and trying to stop. Not vulgarity over the internet.

  112. m4sso says:

    I own the private car number plate P33 NOB. So i decided to change my xbox gamertag to P33 NOB.

    Within 24 hours the username was banned, yet i can still drive my car legally.

    I think some people get offended far too easily, and complain about the smallest things!