Saturday, October 31, 2009

Christian Vocabulary Taken Out of Dictionaries

I typed 'Reformation Day' into Tweet Deck and it gave me that squiggly red line under 'Reformation'. So I retyped. Still there. This is odd.

Evidently it isn't an accident. Quick help from my buddy Steven F uncovered this article in the Telegraph.

It seems to some that not enough people who speak English go to church. So Oxford University Press took unnecessary Christian words out of dictionaries for children to make room for more important words, like 'MP3 player' and 'blog' (and 'multi-culturalism'?).

Other word categories got canned - mostly rural plants and animals kids in the city seldom see. The head of Oxford's childrens' dictionary section states:
Nowadays, the environment has changed. We are also much more multicultural. People don't go to Church as often as before. Our understanding of religion is within multiculturalism, which is why some words such as "Pentecost" or "Whitsun" would have been in 20 years ago but not now.

What Christian words got the axe?
abbey, aisle, altar, bishop, chapel, christen, disciple, minister, monastery, monk, nun, nunnery, parish, pew, psalm, pulpit, saint, sin, devil, vicar

Not sure what to say here... seems my profession, my mortal enemy, my place of work, my vocational objective and my personal human rebellion have been taken out!

What a relief I can still blog.

1 comment:

Em the luddite said...

Yikes... I don't think they'd be able to make heads-or-tales of my blog without some of those words!