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Oxford English Dictionary and Sexism

We’ve been unintentionally offline here at the FODYLL blog, but back in January about the OED and sexism–specifically on the books definition of feminism.  Now whether or not the lexicographers got it right is only one aspect of the article–the article very succinctly and elegantly raises the central questions of a dictionary: prescriptive or descriptive.  Should the dictionary strive to be a map of a language to direct how it should be navigated, or a map to record its topography?  Great to have an eternal question, hey?  To aid in the journey to an answer, some of our titles on dictionaries–

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