Google Fixes Error After Labeling 'Jew' as an Offensive Slur
If you searched the word "Jew" on Google throughout the day on Tuesday, December 27, you might have been surprised to find that the definition given was an ancient anti-Semitic stereotype.
The word "Jew," according to this Google result with data derived from Oxford Languages, did not list someone as being a member of the Jewish people. Rather, it was listed as a verb marked offensive, defined as "to bargain with someone in a miserly or petty way."
Looking further after clicking "translations and more definitions," the Google result included several conjugations of this verb, such as "jewed" and "jewing."
It further revealed that the origin of the verb "Jew" is from the 19th century, in reference to how Jewish people work with money-lending and trading.
Only after that, however, was the noun "Jew" shown as an option by Google, which is far less offensive and far more accurate.
By Tuesday evening, the Google definition had been reverted back to its original definition, leading with the noun, rather than the verb.
Several people and organizations spoke out on social media over the definition of Jew on Google, as several people immediately rushed to the search engine to see this for themselves. (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we ask that people and organizations which harbor anti-Semitism face consequences for their actions, and such incidents are brought to light, so that reparations can be made and the Jewish people can be represented honorably without stereotypes attributed to their name.”