Turkey Bans 138 English and Turkish Words From Domain Names

Turkey’s Telecommunications Directorate has banned the use of 138 words in domain names and now tens of thousands of Turkish websites face closure, reports Hürriyet, Turkey’s English language daily newspaper.The list was sent to “web-hosting firms on Thursday” and existing domain names using the words will be deleted.The report gives some examples of domain names that could be deleted including “‘donanimalemi.com’ (hardwareworld.com) because the domain name has ‘animal’ in it, a banned word and likewise “sanaldestekunitesi.com,” (virtualsupportunit.com) would not be able to operate under its current name because it has ‘anal’ in it; also among the 138 banned words. Websites cannot have the number 31 in their domain names either because it is slang for male masturbation.”Other English words included on the list are “beat,” “escort,” “homemade,” “hot,” “nubile,” “free” and “teen.” The report also lists some English words that have different meanings in English and Turkish such as “pic,” short for picture, but is banned because it means “bastard” in Turkish. The past tense of the verb “get” is also banned because “got” means “butt” in Turkish. Haydar, a very common Alevi name for men, is also banned because it means penis in slang.”Gay” and its Turkish pronunciation “gey,” “çıplak” (naked), “itiraf” (confession), “liseli” (high school student), “nefes” (breath) and “yasak” (forbidden) are some of the other banned words.To read this full report in Hürriyet, go to: