The Merriam-Webster dictionary recently updated the definitions of several common words to keep up with the ever-changing demands of progressive ideology.
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought,” George Orwell wrote.
“FEMALE”: As of this month, it’s an identity.
“GIRL”: Female childhood is now available to any person, too.
“THEY”: Nonbinary people have been liberated from the rules of grammar.
“RACISM”: Have you heard that systems can be racist?
“SEXUAL PREFERENCE”: Don’t say this anymore.
WHAT IT MEANS
“In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible,” Orwell argued in his famous 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language.”
- “Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.”