There is no doubt that the English language is quickly goin to hell in a handbasket.
The longer we use the language, the more we are ignoring the general basics of its words, and we are using new and made up methods to continuously assign people “pronouns” (you cannot have a pronoun by the way…a pronoun is used to take the place of a noun and that’s all), constantly creating slang that is currently being used in daily conversation, and as of recently, Cambridge dictionary changed the definition of the word woman to:
an adult who lives and identifies as female though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth.taken from here
From looking at my 22-year-old dictionary, that was never the definition of the word woman. But because of the society we live in, we are changing the English language to better suit our feelings than obeying the original purpose for the language that our ancestors developed.
Everyone should invest in an old dictionary, especially if you love words.
Who’s to say we won’t get confused about the word “leg” next? There is a lot going on in our world and people are not thinking right.
We need to rely on more stable definitions so that we can stay solid on the truth. I think the original 1828 Webster’s dictionary is personally gold; but my 2000 Webster’s New World College Dictionary (it’s 1,718 pages thick and only paid $1 for it at my local library) is ideal for a word-lover like me. I first recognized this as a child when the word “gender” and “sex” were separated. Growing up, I was taught that these things were the same thing.
For word lovers, it’s important to always to know the original definition of a word. Plus, old dictionaries are fairly cheap, so you won’t need to spend lots of money on it.
What do you think about old dictionaries? Comment below!
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