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Not Heidi

(1,387 posts)
Thu May 9, 2024, 02:48 PM May 9

Why "[unalive]" ?

I'm browsing Bored Panda, and I've just seen [unalive] - rather than "kill" - in a third article.

For context, this last one is in a thread about things we humans are scared to death of but which aren't quite as lethal as we believe. Sharks, vaccines, bees, quicksand, slightly-out-of-date food, those little silica packets marked "DO NOT EAT," etc.

In describing a few of these items, the author chooses to write [unalive] (brackets included) as the verb rather than "kill." It's not used to replace the adjective, dead; it's always used as the verb "to kill."

[Unalive]? What the hell? Did this become a thing while I wasn't watching?

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Unrelated: This reminds me of a scene in Band of Brothers. Some American soldiers encounter a German soldier who's trying to surrender. His hands are up and he's yelling frantically, "NO MAKE DEAD! NO MAKE DEAD!" It was a mildly funny scene.

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Why "[unalive]" ? (Original Post) Not Heidi May 9 OP
Social media algorithms filter content with "dead" and "kill" in them AZSkiffyGeek May 9 #1
Thanks Not Heidi May 9 #5
They think they are skirting the algorithm that censors content. live love laugh May 9 #2
I would never have gotten pew pew. -nt CrispyQ May 9 #3
Nor would I Not Heidi May 9 #4
Thanks Not Heidi May 9 #6
Thanks Not Heidi May 9 #8
Dodging moderators, human and non-human. Iggo May 9 #7
🙂 Not Heidi May 9 #9

AZSkiffyGeek

(11,412 posts)
1. Social media algorithms filter content with "dead" and "kill" in them
Thu May 9, 2024, 02:56 PM
May 9

So people are using "unalive" to get around that.

live love laugh

(13,391 posts)
2. They think they are skirting the algorithm that censors content.
Thu May 9, 2024, 02:57 PM
May 9

But with the push of a button the same algorithm can detect the word unalive which is overwhelmingly common now on social media.

They also use phrases like “pew pew” for guns.

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