I stumbled across a site that gives websites an age certificate. You just type in the URL and click “Rate”. Based on that, my blog was given a G-rating, on the grounds that it contains only one “bad word” – “ass”.
However, I was curious as to whether it scans the whole site or just the page with that URL, so I tried typing in the URL for Page 2. Turns out it is just the page, not the whole site, since page 2 was given a PG-13 rating due to the use of the “bad words” “corpse” (x3), “hell” (x2) and “death” (x1). This is the first time I’ve heard “corpse” or “death” termed “bad words” – they’re not exactly rude – but there you go.
All the other pages were rated general, although I did apparently use the word “sex” on page 7 (shock horror!).
It was interesting and amusing, but I’m not sure I’ve learned very much from this. The problem with a system that scans for “bad words” is that it doesn’t take into account the context in which the words are used. I think PG-13 is about right for my blog, but it’s funny to think that “huge melons” probably makes no difference to the rating, whilst “women were historically known as the fairer sex” would up the rating.
Once I’ve hit publish, I’m going back to the site to see what this page is rated now. I would guess much higher than it was a few minutes ago, thanks to the number of “bad words” in this post.