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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Does the Dictionary Definition Matter?

Apparently some time ago, Merriam-Webster Dictionary added a second definition to the word marriage:

"the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage."

Read the article here.

Do you think it was changed as a result of prevailing attitudes about marriage, or to influence people's attitudes about homosexuality? And does it even matter that the dictionary definition of marriage has changed?

2 comments:

  1. Definitely the latter. I remember during the campaigning for Proposition 8, I looked up the words tolerance and bigot on Miriam Webster online and both had huge "No on 8" ads to accompany their definitions. Coincidence? I think not. Ridiculous how people are blatantly manipulating language for the promotion of an agenda so destructive.

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  2. Yeah, and I when I looked up anything in the days prior to the November ballot, guess what? All I saw were Yes on 8 ads.

    Coincidence? Not at all. It's called a budget. If you've got one, there's no limit to the amount of manipulation that's possible.

    Without one, sorry, I'll be driving the narrative from here on out.

    And that's the thing about losing an argument ... at a certain point, it's simply lost. And all the money in the world is not gonna win it back.

    Unless maybe you've been saving your best arguments for last. If so, might I suggest that now would be a good time to try them out?

    Because the ones you've been bringing lately are accomplishing nothing other than to push your crew further out to the fringes.

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