Apple censors a dictionary app

This is just getting ridiculous.

John Gruber at points to the latest example of an iPhone application being stymied by Apple’s App Store approval process. In this case, it’s a dictionary app called Ninjawords (so called because ninjas are “smart, accurate, and really fast”) that was rejected three times over the course of two months, mostly because “objectionable” words could be looked up and found in the dictionary’s search function, Gruber reported.

It’s a new version of an old story, but one that almost seems like a parody of the byzantine process of getting an app past the guardians of the App store. Here’s how it went down, according to Matchstick software’s Phil Crosby, one of the developers of Ninjawords, as told to John Gruber.

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