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PEOPLE who swear through their computers are in for a shock.

Experts have designed a programme that answers back.

One Internet user tried to e-mail a friend on the Scottish Media Group's new Sunday Herald newspaper.

He was amazed to see his letter returned with the rebuke: "All e-mail coming into or going out of this company is electronically scanned.

"One or more profanities have been found in the e-mail, so it has been blocked.

"A copy has been sent to the Scottish Media Group e-mail administrator."

The computer took exception to the use of the word f***.

But computer buffs swear by a simple method of beating the system. People who want to get something off their chest are advised to put all their rude words in a separate Word document and send it as an attachment to the e-mail.

Meanwhile, mobile phone users have taken Scottish slang into the digital age with abbreviations that allow people to communicate without speaking.

The latest GSM mobile telephones offer users a text facility allowing callers to transmit short messages.

A liquid lunch can be set up with FAS - fancy a swally. And phrases such as URAR - you're a radge, URG - you're gallus, WM - wee man and GK -Glasgow kiss are becoming common.
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Author:Hardaker, Paul
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 10, 1999
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