Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dropping Christian Words from Children's Dictionary

'Nun,' bishop,' 'saint,' 'monk' dropped from children's dictionary
February 16, 2009 9:45 AM | 1 Comment | No TrackBacks

A Nun's Life finds that the word "nun" has been dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. "Surely, I thought this must be a joke."

Not so. A number of Christian-related words were dropped, including, "abbey, altar, bishop, chapel, christen, disciple, minister, monastery, monk, nun, nunnery, parish, pew, psalm, pulpit, saint, sin, devil, and vicar."

Some of the new words in the latest edition "reflect cultural shifts today such as the growth of new media: "blog" and "MP3 player."

So what will kids think when they try to look up nun or saint or bishop?


Are we afraid dictionaries are too big that we have to remove words when we add a few?

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