Why Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary is Trolling TrumpI still have my five pound unabridged Webster's from 1979. The dust cover says, "2,347 pages, 320,000 defintions, 19 encyclopedic supplements, 3,000 illustrations, Full Color maps of the world." Price:$69.95, which was a pretty good bundle in the day.
That’s because conservatives and liberals alike will reject as too Orwellian a dictionary perceived as politically charged. It will simply be too hard to convince people that cultural or political bias hasn’t seeped into and soiled the dictionary’s definitions. When it comes to lexicography, credibility depends on impartiality.
Regardless of their political opinions, Americans still expect the dictionary to be objective and neutral, even more than they expect that from the media. So at a time when trust and confidence in America’s mainstream media is practically nonexistent, why would Merriam-Webster even flirt with the appearance of partisanship?
If even the dictionary loses its objectivity, it means politics in America has become entirely inescapable. That’s not just dangerous, it’s sad. It’s unhealthy. It’s not good for a society to be so permeated with politics that there is nowhere to hide.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Death Knell: Merriam-Webster Flops to the Left
Going SJW is always the precursor to loss of respect followed by loss of viability. Never go full SJW.