Asking Siri to define "mother" twice prompted a vulgar response, Apple users discovered Saturday.
When users requested an alternate definition to the word, as of Sunday morning Siri responded, "As a noun, it means, short for 'mother---er.' "
By Monday morning, however, Siri began responding with, "As a verb, it means: to bring up (a child) with care and affection," though the earlier, more vulgar response also periodically surfaced.
The off-color original response appears to have first been noted on Reddit’s Apple community, where a visitor suggested on Saturday that iPhone owners ask Siri for the alternate definition of “mother.”
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“The weirdest part is the fact that Siri is such a prude when you swear at her,” wrote one commenter. Others found Siri’s profane response to be unintelligible.
“I had no earthly idea what she was saying. Had to change it to American English to have any clue,” wrote one poster. Australian iPhone users reported a similar response.
Ars Technica suggested the original response may have been rooted in the Oxford Dictionary definition of “mother,” which includes “motherf---er” as a vulgar slang alternate definition for when “mother” is used as a shorthand for the curse.
It's not the first time Siri has had problems with profanity. In 2015, Apple users discovered one of Siri's alternate definitions for "bitch" was "black slang" for a woman, reported Mashable. Apple quickly changed that definition, too.
Amazon recently resolved a glitch with its Alexa voice-recognition program that had Echo devices randomly emitting what some users called a “creepy” laugh unprompted. Amazon said the devices were mistaking other phrases for a command to laugh.