By: Brent Parrish
For the second time in the past week I’ve seen online dictionaries and thesauruses taking a bit of creative license concerning the definition of words.
First up is Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (via TruthRevolt.com):
Merriam-Webster’s definition of bigotry is Conservatism.
Typing “bigotry” into their website, the word is defined as bigoted acts or beliefs. Scroll down to the “related words” section and you will see conservatism coupled together with reactionaryism, insularism, insularity, parochialism, and provincialism. But they go further. The antonym (opposite) of bigotry is liberalism.
Our next example comes to us from Thesaurus.com, who now list “redneck” and “right-winger” as synonyms for “obstructionist.”
Via Gateway Pundit:
Liberal indoctrination at work … Thesaurus.com now includes “redneck”, “right-winger” and “traditionalist” as synonyms for “obstructionist.”
Via The Corner:
Oxford Dictionaries also ties the word bigotry to “right-wing”:
Now, if I check the definition of bigotry in a older dictionary like Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary published in 1989, there is no mention of “right-wing”:
1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own. 2. actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot….
It’s always an interesting exercise to compare modern definitions with older ones.
From the book Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (chapter 5):
‘How is the Dictionary getting on?’ said Winston, raising his voice to overcome the noise.
‘Slowly,’ said Syme. ‘I’m on the adjectives. It’s fascinating.’
He had brightened up immediately at the mention of Newspeak. He pushed his pannikin aside, took up his hunk of bread in one delicate hand and his cheese in the other, and leaned across the table so as to be able to speak without shouting.
‘The Eleventh Edition is the definitive edition,’ he said. ‘We’re getting the language into its final shape — the shape it’s going to have when nobody speaks anything else. When we’ve finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again. You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words — scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone. The Eleventh Edition won’t contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.’