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March 7, 2017

Why Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary is Trolling Trump

Already, the dictionary’s string of frequent, focused stings feel less like jokes and more like subtle, systematic attacks.
In other words, it’s easy to read between the dictionary’s lines: they don’t like Trump and they’re not afraid to show it. If Merriam-Webster’s editors aren’t careful, though, they will undermine the very thing that makes their dictionary useful. An accusation of bias is (or should be) a death sentence for a dictionary. All the clever jokes in the world won’t save Merriam-Webster from a widespread perception of political partisanship—and promptly cost them half of their readers. - - - Acculturated

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 7, 2017 9:41 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Right off the bat Chelsea Samelson (article's author) and to a greater extent, Merriam-Webster, show THEY are out of conTROLL by misleading the reader to believe that 'gotterdammerung' applies to the Trump regime, when the destruction is actually of the Obama regime which has just been replaced. Trump and his troop deserve to be taunted and vilified for their lies and other incompetentcies. No more free rides on the backs of the public.

In reality, it is to be hoped, we are experiencing a dawn of the decently undaunted.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at March 7, 2017 11:11 AM

Reading the comments there it is obvious that this was met with less than full-throated approval, which of course is the kind these folks desperately seek. OED for me!

Posted by: Ray Van Dune at March 8, 2017 8:14 AM

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