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Back in the “old SCN” (and I can say that with feeling now, since the “Beta” label has finally been removed from the Jive 5 version of this community network), one would sometimes try to post a message and find it was unpublishable due to the use of one or more “banned” words. While the list of bad words was never officially made public, since one had to remove single words in an attempt to get past the filtering software, it was fairly clear what was not allowed.

The current SCN now apparently has a similar trigger mechanism, though not necessarily with the same nix words, and while I have not caused any warning messages myself (yet), a presumably different message may appear, given the platform changes. In this story, I speculate on the 7 words you can’t say here, with a humblest tip of the hat to the master of saying what others could not or would not, George Carlin.  To try for a fun level, rather than just a bizarre tempting of the rules, I’ll censor the words you might not be able to say myself.

  1. ****** – that word that was encouraged in the beginning of SCN, tolerated during the middle, and shunned by the right thinkers lo these many years.
  2. ****-******* – saying this word is likely to trigger the James Oswald feline video, or tweets in that direction.
  3. ****** – another word similar to number 1, but more universally offensive by standards of taste and restraint. If I had to guess, I’d say this one is probably in the SCN Urban Dictionary (links to wit below).
  4. ***** – The first letter is capitalized.  It’s a given name of the public enemy number one, at least in some enterprise software circles. In other circles, it’s just another ego.
  5. **** – This one is likewise camel-cased, but it’s a word not generally found in English usage the way it’s been used for years by the Germans. No longer valid in common or high tongue, replaced by another camel-cased word, once promoted by a smart guy now on his second or third career after SAP.
  6. <bowdlerized> – I found this word on SCN, literally, while I was working on my last blog, and it stands for other words dumbed down or watered down for the occasion. Again, the reference link follows.
  7. *** – I saved for last one of the terms in common use for years, still heard in many hallways during crises. It’s all upper case. 

George Carlin

The content of the link that follows is “NSFW” – not safe for work.  As it’s an external link, I’m not posting anything potentially offensive (language-wise that is) here.  And I’m going to split the link so that you can’t get there without trying.  This stuff was funny when I was a teenager.  It’s still funny now, though there’s a bit of poignancy at this time distance from the 1960s. faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/filthywords.html

See, also: FCC v. Pacifica Foundation


1 encouraged in the beginning of SCN P O I N T S = = = = = =
2 feline video G A M E C H A N G E R
3 see scn urban dictionary U R G E N T = = = = = =
4 no 1 L A R R Y = = = = = = =
5 camel-cased B A S I S = = = = = = =
6 stands in for all other words < B O W D L E R I Z E D
7 all caps O S S = = = = = = = = =

Moderator Classic

This blog has had under 100 hits since the new SCN cutover (and wiped the prior page views statistics). Go read it. Now. Then get right back here.

Thoughts from a Forum Moderator

Urban dictionary

Buzzword Bingo

Google search –


(Two hits on that term as I write this, and, eventually three, after I publish it. Unless that word is banned now too)


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  1. Marilyn Pratt

    Wow.  If this is a quiz I think I might fail .  But hey, failure is just the portal to success, no? Here’s my best shot (disclaimer: spoiler?, nay, I’m too lame)


    • *P *O *I *N *T*S ? or is it Poings or Poinst?
    • *G*A*M*E-C*H*A*N*G*E*R ? or is it Design-Think?
    • *A*B*U*S*E*S ?
    • *S*u* i* t ?
    • *A*b*a*p (replaced by) *J*a*v*a ?
    • Database manufacturer? Which shall not be named by an employee?
    • *S*O*S ?  Which is what I’m saying: Save our SDN SCN?

    Thanks for this bit of poking.  And fun.  At our expense of course.

    1. Tammy Powlas

      No, it is ponits (sorry) 🙂

      I enjoyed Jim’s blog, as always, and like Graham, I miss him on SCN

      I also wanted to test out if I could write Dick Hirsch’s name, as it was **** last week.

      1. Jim Spath Post author

        Tammy Powlas / Graham Robinson I am a bit perplexed by the comment “I miss him on SCN”.  I’ve done 6 or 7 blogs so far in 2013, had threads in the Moderator forum, and edited a document or two in the SAP Mentor spaces. Do you mean I’m not contributing enough, or (my take), the “new” SCN makes it harder to see my content stream?  Or did you mean The Muses just aren’t with me?

        1. Graham Robinson

          Hi Jim, I suspect it is partly because I am a bit too busy to follow SCN content as much as I used to and also I don’t feel I have yet figured out the best way to follow content on the new SCN. And maybe it is because I no longer get my annual Jim Spath fix in Las Vegas since you quite understandably decided to skip that city.

        2. Tammy Powlas

          Jim Spath

          didn’t see this comment back to me because it went to the wrong Tammy Powlas

          Jim – yes you have been posting a lot more lately, which I appreciate and enjoy

          You used to always be on the front page but not as much given the new SCN.

          It’s going up lately which I enjoy.

          I especially enjoyed the Warren Zevon tweet from yesterday – that was a great reference.


          1. Jim Spath Post author

            Wait – how can there be more than one Tammy Powlas?  Something’s rotten in SCN.

            I am unsure if my post level is significantly higher lately.  I know I have had some zingers.  But they all can’t be meteors. I also see occasional bumps in my post history from pre-SCN upgrade content that is somehow touched by the Morlocks and shows up as “new”.  It’s harder (for me) to pull a coherent history list than it was on the old SCN.

            So what are your guesses for the remaining several words?

            cc: Tammy Powlas

              1. Jim Spath Post author

                Tammy, Marilyn, et al – I’ve put more hints in the blog post proper.

                The term “Camel Case” may be misleading.  I didn’t mean capital letters were necessarily within the answer. “Mixed case” is probably a better hint.

    2. Jim Spath Post author

      Marilyn – As to “If this is a quiz I think I might fail”, there is no fail.  I will reveal my list in some other venue in due course.  Maybe a tweet-a-day?

      1. Marilyn Pratt

        Give us a hint on 5 please.

        I’m thinking 4 letters, starts with a capital letter, has something to do with someone called Shi, and was used by Germans?

      2. Gretchen Lindquist

        I’m not doing very well, but at least I learned about the derivation of CamelCase, so thanks for that.

        Larry makes sense for the clue to #4, but not that the name was blocked on the old SCN.

        For #7, the only TLA I can think of that might have been blocked is WTF.


        1. Jim Spath Post author

          Larry makes sense for the clue to #4, but not that the name was blocked on the old SCN.”

          As I said in another reply, these words may not have been officially blocked.  It’s fun to speculate on what’s allowed, and what isn’t, rather than literally reverse engineering a block of code.

          One phrase left!

  2. Lukas Weigelt

    I just burst out in laughter several times whilst re-reading the “Urban Dictionary” 😛 . My colleague whom I work with in the same office gave me this look: ಠ_ಠ ;probably thinks I finally went nuts. This blog made my day.

    Along these lines, Jim, thx u for doing teh needful for the same. Ponits have been rubarbed.

    P.S. The link to George Carlin is blocked by my company proxy for “profanity” ;-/

    1. Jim Spath Post author

      Lukas – my pleasure.

      Somehow the reply comments are not showing up in my email in-box. I should have known.

      I did warn everyone about that external link, and would not try it myself from inside the office.  There’s another page on the FCC (U.S. Federal Communications Commission)  site that goes into explicit detail (with full unexpurgated transcripts) on how they decided what was obscene and what wasn’t. I’ll leave it as an exercise for you Googlers. Hint: There’s a Monty Python song in there.

  3. Jelena Perfiljeva

    “Do the needful” and like this blog! Urban dictionary -> step-by-step – precious! 😆

    I remember the ban on word “email” made some legitimate technical discussions in ABAP forum look like a conspiracy. Good times. 🙂

  4. Lukas Weigelt

    I didn’t know “OSS” was ever blocked… I think I did use it a couple of times n SDN/SCN in the past 2 or 3 years and nothing happend o_O…

    Got another idea for 4., “Mandt”? As in Mandt = Client = biggest ‘enemy’ 😛 of the enterprise and simultaneously ‘alter ego’ as in different system instances? Whereas I’m sure this never was blocked…or was it? o_o;

    1. Jim Spath Post author

      “I didn’t know “OSS” was ever blocked”

      Pardon my taking artistic liberties with this theme; while OSS may not have been blocked officially (not that I’ve seen the official list, of course) it’s a phrase that customers use but SAP colleagues do not.  What’s a little funny, I think, is that SUP, or Sybase Unwired Platform, has been renamed as the “SAP Mobile Platform,” so now we have two SMPs. Not to mention the term I’d associate with those letters – symmetric multi-processing.

      1. Lukas Weigelt

        Jim, I just noticed, the lower the resolution of your avatar, the creepier the clown is looking.

        It’s like:

        Your avatar in full size in your profile: 🙂

        Your avatar downsized in Headlines: >;-((

        Your avatar downsized to fi in commentaries:  “harrrghbgl I will kill you in your sleep!” ò,_,Ó

        P.S. BTT: Nr. 5 really is hard to guess :-/

  5. Chris Paine

    Ok – going for a random guess here.

    Camel case – which is no longer in favour – BAdIs, having had their reign taken over by enhancement spots?

    PS – really enjoyed this blog 🙂

              1. Gretchen Lindquist

                Ha! In my years of experience out here in the real world of customer SAP support organizations, “Basis” is a word we all still use and probably will continue to use, no matter what new brand name marketing speak SAP dreams up.



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