Poor quality closed captions
Craptions is a slang term used primarily by those frustrated with incorrect closed captions. This term is a blend of the words ‘crap’ and ‘captions’, indicating the poor quality of the captions being referred to. It gained popularity due to a YouTuber, let’s call her Jane Doe, and her #NoMoreCRAPtions campaign.
Jane Doe initiated the #NoMoreCRAPtions campaign in 2015. Her aim was to encourage fellow YouTubers to avoid using YouTube’s auto-generated captions, which are often filled with inaccuracies, and instead provide their own. Although the term ‘craptions’ was around before Jane’s campaign, her efforts helped the term gain more recognition.
These days, the term craptions is commonly used when talking about poor captions on platforms like YouTube, Twitch, TV shows, or movies. It’s mostly used by the hearing-impaired community on social media and online forums, who often have to put up with substandard captions on many videos.
Example for using ‘Craptions’ in a conversation
Hey, have you seen the latest video on YouTube?
Yeah, but the craptions were so inaccurate, I couldn’t understand half of it! 🙄
I know, right? It’s frustrating when the captions are completely off.
Totally! They really need to improve the quality of craptions on YouTube.
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