Newshub reports that this word was seen printed on some of the 16 million barcodes from a same-sex marriage survey being sent out by the ABS, the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This survey which will close on November 7 allows people to have their say in the postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
Each survey has its own unique computer generated barcode. This caused for the unconsciously spelled rude words which included “bumsex”.
“The ABS acknowledges that in issuing 16 million barcodes it did not check and remove words and phrases that may be offensive. The codes were issued using an algorithm generating more than two quintillion combinations of letters and numbers in order to generate highly secure barcodes.” said Jonathan Palmer, ABS deputy statistician.
As expected, the social media was able to pick this story up which caused an outburst of interest from voters across both sides of the same-sex marriage who, interestingly, found the mishap funny.