Subversive tool for forcing social change
If you go by the book, the controversy over the definition of marriage has now ended. Rather than wait for the country to work out it’s course on marriage, Webster has stuck the proverbial finger in the wind and decided for us.
Webster has now added the words: “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage” to the definition of marriage.
What is Webster’s thinking? Perhaps they are tired of pouring over the same old dusty volumes of accurate definitions….perhaps they want to run for office? Why weigh in on this hot a topic if not to throw the fight by leveraging the substantial influence of a professional dictionary in the word wars?
In my book, a dictionary is something you can rely on for accurate definitions. Not the latest opinion piece. Leave that to the Op-Ed section.
See this response from Webster reported at the WorldNetDaily:
“We often hear from people who believe that we are promoting – or perhaps failing to promote – a particular social or political agenda when we make choices about what words to include in the dictionary and how those words should be defined,” associate editor Kory Stamper wrote in response.
“We hear such criticism from all parts of the political spectrum. We’re genuinely sorry when an entry in – or an omission from – one of our dictionaries is found to be offensive or upsetting, but we can’t allow such considerations to deflect us from our primary job as lexicographers.”
Lexicographers? Since when is changing the timeless definition of marriage congruent with any type of scientific word analysis?
Merriam Webster is counting on name recognition to pull off this subversive societal swindle, but there are always consequences to reputation. Trading in their chips of reliability and accuracy for political power and societal influence is a risky scheme.
This transparent attempt to sway public opinion to align with their liberal agenda reaches beyond the bounds of plausibility. In my scrabble happy family, this is a mortal mistake.