Challenges of the Dictionary
American Heritage Dictionary recently published their fifth edition of what is known as the conservative dictionary. What is considered a conservative dictionary, you ask? It isn’t because of its politics, it is due to the conservative usages it includes.
The Weekly Standard brought this fun and interesting news to our attention in their article, “Wars of Words.” This article outlines the process and challenges the dictionary has faced and continues to thwart. Linguists consider the usages very important to their work and the integrity of words in general, so it is no surprise that they are campaigning for support in this arena.
Of course, in 1965 when it broke new ground by publishing the “f” word in their dictionary, few would consider it conservative.
Melody K. Smith
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