Oxford Dictionary’s definition of ‘woman’ might soon get less offensive

Oxford Dictionary's definition  of 'woman' might soon get less offensive

Woman. Noun. An adult human female. 

That’s benign enough of a dictionary definition. Dig deeper into Google’s definition of the word “woman,” though, and you’ll find some let’s just say outdated, language: Words like “bitch,” “maid,” and “frail” all currently pop up as “similar” when searching for the definition of the word “woman” on Google, which licenses its definitions from the Oxford Dictionary of English. 

It was language like this that signers of a petition to Oxford University Press, which publishes the Oxford Dictionary of English, deemed “sexist,” finding fault with the way words like these “show women as sex objects, subordinate, and/or an irritation to men.”  Read more…

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