Sunday, February 15, 2009

Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Christian Words

The latest edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary has dropped many words associated with Christianity and British history that were found in earlier versions.

via Salvo Magazine


Anonymous said...

And yet, my Oxford University diary includes the dates of "The conception of the BVM", "The conversion of St. Paul", "the visit of the BVM to Elizabeth" alongside "start of term", and "conferment of degrees"...

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

The article states that "multiculturalism" and the fact that fewer people now go to church are among the reasons that words associated with Christianity and British history have been dropped.

Well, it seems to me that if your population consists of fewer Christians and ethically British citizens that you've got a compelling reason to include those words. Dictionaries are supposed to help you learn the meanings to words you don't know.