Monday, December 08, 2008


Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled.

The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.

Other notable removals? Saint, sin, and devil.

... Instead we have tolerant, interdependent and EU.

Forget all the obvious questions (like, for instance, does this mean that "modern" Britain does not, in fact, have a monarch?), and just answer me this: what the hell is an Oxford Junior Dictionary, and what responsible parent would pay good money for one even if it wasn't a piece of anti-British, anti-Western, hell!, anti-cultural and anti-intellectual propaganda?