Monday, December 08, 2008

De-Christianising A Language

Words relating to Christianity have been dropped from a version of the Oxford English dictionary for children in favour of more "modern" words.

So you will look in vain for any of these:-

Abbey, aisle, altar, bishop, chapel, christen, disciple, minister, monastery, monk, nun, nunnery, parish, pew, psalm, pulpit, saint, sin, devil, vicar .

Even words relating to Chriustmas have gone, such as carol, cracker, holly, ivy and mistletoe .

Instead you will find
words like these:-
Blog, broadband, MP3 player, voicemail, attachment, database, export, chatroom, bullet point, cut and paste, analogue .

I don't see any of these "new" words enriching my children's life significantly...........

Even words relating to wildlife and plantlife have gone, because most children live in towns and cities so they don't see flowers etc. Perhaps that is all the more reason these words should be in the wretched dictionary, so children can find out about them !

Full depressing story here, if you can bear to read it.

I am shaking my head in disbelief that even "psalm" has been dumped.
Lord have mercy.
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Anonymous said...

Lord have mercy, indeed. How sad that this is happening everywhere, in every aspect of education and culture.

Unknown said...

I saw this today and was going to blog about it, but got distracted.

This dictionary is not going to be particularly helpful in an RE classroom.

Michelle M. said...

Wow. That is shocking! How can words be removed like that? Especially since they are still in use. I can't understand that at all.


Anastasia Theodoridis said...

To understand this, one has to realize there is this movement afoot throughout Europe to divorce each population from its own culture, especially if that culture is Christian. Islam is the secondary target. All in the interest, supposedly, of a greater European Union.

I note that Judaism is an exception. Citizens of Israel (and other Jews) are actually *encouraged* to embrace their Jewish culture.