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January-February 2021 – Touted as the world’s “definitive record of the English language” since its inception in 1857, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) recently made radical, politically correct modifications to several definitions after a recent gender diversity review. The review and subsequent changes were sparked by a petition containing only 30,000 signatures.
OED previously defined woman as a “man’s wife, girlfriend, or female lover,” but its new definition of woman is a “person’s wife, girlfriend, or female lover.”
Likewise, OED had always defined man as a “woman’s husband, boyfriend, or male lover.” But now, it redefines man as “a person’s husband, boyfriend, or male lover.”
“We have ensured that offensive synonyms are clearly labeled as such,” explained a spokesman for the dictionary’s publisher, Oxford University Press.