Thursday, 22 August 2013

Marriage: Redefined

The online dictionary has become the first UK dictionary to revise its definition of marriage to reflect the change in the law allowing same sex couples to marry.

The definition of "marriage" now reads: "The relationship between two people who are husband and wife, or a similar relationship between people of the same sex," with the second clause newly added.

The revision follows the marriage (same sex couples) bill through its crucial reading in the House of Lords on 15 July and accompanies other changes in a significant update to the dictionary. One that is likely to offend grammar purists is the inclusion of "of" as a preposition for use with "bored", as in "bored of". editor-in-chief Michael Rundell said the change to the definition of "marriage" might suggest a future redefining of the terms "husband" and "wife". "In a same sex relationship two men are probably not going to refer to themselves as 'wife', but if it's two women, they might, so we need to keep an eye on that."

The Guardian et al.

No newspaper is ever going to review a new edition of a dictionary, so to try and get some publicity every year they send out a press release about some "controversial" words they only added or altered so they'd get pointless coverage like this.
Never fails.

news (noun) information about something that has happened recently
information about recent events that is reported in newspapers, or on television or radio

press release (noun) an official statement or report that an organization [sic] gives to journalists, for example about a new product

See also; Twerking, selfie, sick etc etc..

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