January 28, 2010
I don't even know what to say about this. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has lots of words in it - in fact, the main purpose of it is to tell people what words mean when they don't know what a word means. Now, not everybody likes every word. Some people, for example, will never appreciate Eddie's gift with the word fuck, which is a real tragedy, because the man's a fucking Picasso. Other people, apparently, will hate a dictionary because it defines "oral sex":
The Riverside County district has 9,000 students and pulled the reference book last week after a parent complained about a child stumbling across the oral sex definition. That led to cries of censorship.
District policy called for setting up a committee to determine if the book was age-appropriate.
"The dictionary will go back to the classroom but the parents will be given the option to determine if they want their kids to have access to that dictionary," district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the Los Angeles Times.
All this booklearnin' is bad fer our kuntree. Someone gotta stop this afore things git worse.
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