December 7, 2011, - 4:19 pm
How bad is political correctness? So bad that you can no longer trust your dictionary to give you an accurate, uncompromised definition of a word. So bad, that the American Heritage Dictionary changed its definition of “anchor baby” to please the illegal alien/open borders crowd. Last week, the open borders crowd whined over the definition of “anchor baby,” and within a day–presto change-o!–American Heritage Executive Editor Steven Kleinedler capitulated and changed the meaning to their liking. Hmmm . . . I wonder if Mr. Kleinedler’s relatives were Frenchmen in WWII. Yup, your dictionary now comes “complete” with editorial comment from the left.
An immigrant advocacy group says editors of the American Heritage Dictionary have agreed to revise a recently added entry “anchor baby” to note that it is a derogatory or offensive phrase.
The website Immigration Impact, representing the view of immigrant advocates, took up the issue last week when it criticized editors of the American Heritage Dictionary for using a neutral definition for the term, which first appeared last month in the latest edition.
OMG, who ever heard of a dictionary using a “neutral definition?” The nerve of them. So glad they remedied that problem.
The dictionary defines an anchor baby as “a child born to a noncitizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, especially such a child born to parents seeking to secure eventual citizenship for themselves and often other members of their family.”
Saturday, the website reported that the dictionary’s Executive Editor Steven Kleinedler agreed to revise the definition to note the derogatory or offensive nature of the phrase. Kleinedler said he would begin implementing the yet-to-be-determined changes by today, according to Immigration Impact. . . .
The American Heritage Dictionary officially changed its definition of the phrase “anchor baby” on Monday, reflecting that it considers the phrase to be “offensive.”
In an interview Monday, dictionary Executive Editor Steven Kleinedler said the phrase was one of the 10,000 new words and phrases added to the fifth edition – the first revision of the dictionary in a decade – and that the lack of an offensive disclaimer was an oversight.
Kleinedler said he immediately realized the error when he saw Friday’s blog post by Immigration Impact.
“When we saw the post, we looked at (the definition) and said ‘They are completely right, we should change it,'” Kleinedler said. “This is a change that needs to be made.”
The new definition, which will be included in the online dictionary and the next printing of the print edition, says the phrase is used “as a disparaging term.”
No s–t, Sherlock. Breaking the law, then being a sperm or egg/womb donor to stay here is a behavior worthy of disparagement and shame. But, hey, thanks for taking the shame out of it.
I wonder if American Heritage Dictionary notes that the words, “thief,” “murderer,” and “fraud,” are disparaging terms. Time to change those definitions, too, because who are we to judge. Right?
American Heritage Dictionary Editor Kleinedler is a militant gay activist with extremist left-wing politics, so you have to wonder how many other definitions in American Heritage Dictionary he’s similarly change to fit his personal political views and pimp then on America. Here is at least one other instance:
In 2009, Kleinedler’s husband died suddenly, just two months after Kleinedler and fellow editors had revised the definitions of several marriage-related words to reflect the changing culture. The definition of widower, for example, was revised from “a man whose wife has died and who has not remarried” to “a man whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.”
If I wanted a left-wing bible, I’d buy Michael Moore’s books. When I buy a dictionary, I expect to get word definitions and spelling, not some gay editor’s personal political beliefs.
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