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This Woman’s Obscure Last Name Was Taken As Profanity On A Website, And A Whole Bunch Of People Can Relate


If you don’t have to worry about your last name setting off any alarms, you’re one of the lucky ones. But for a portion of humanity with names like “Spam,” “Moron,” and “King,” life is more complicated than you might imagine!

Yes, There Is Such A Thing As Last-Name Shame

Pretty much everything on the Internet these days requires us to plug in our names. From signing up for WiFi to creating new accounts, our names are an essential part of navigating the internet. However, some of us have a luxury in this process that we don’t even realize.

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Many websites have taken steps to block trolls and computer bots from creating fake accounts through their platforms. While this may be good for some people, others with less “tidy” first or last names must face some crummy consequences for having obscure titles. Recently, one woman’s particularly hilarious struggle to register for an account went viral

Wow, That’s Super Unfortunate

Now, Natalie Weiner probably isn’t a stranger to having people poke fun at her last name. However, the SB Nation sportswriter ran into a unique new issue this week: signing up for an account with her last name. Due to the system’s unique coding to keep out bots, Natalie had to face an annoying roadblock in registering.

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The signup website seemed to recognize Natalie’s last name as profanity, not allowing her to sign up with it. It argued that her last name had “offensive language.” Has Natalie not faced enough for her unique last name already? In her hilarious dismay, Natalie took to the Internet to share what happened, and as it turned out, she was far from alone.

That Took An Interesting Turn

After the slightly embarrassing bump in signing up, Natalie shared her experiences on Twitter. As it turns out, many people with wacky last names have experienced the same problem as Natalie on multiple occasions. People with names like “Schmuck”, “Butts”, “Shitara,” “Sporn,” and “Gay” all offered their empathy for a struggle they’ve all faced numerous times before.

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For now, Natalie’s been advised to use “W” to sign up for the platform. Still, justice goes unaccounted for the thousands of people with names obscure enough to be rejected by Facebook, Twitter, email accounts, and other accounts. Hopefully, complex, troll-blocking algorithms will eventually come to recognize some of the stranger, more profane last names of the world.

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