Friday, December 14, 2018
An interesting exercise
I'm busy with a writing project that involves using words according to their historical meaning, rather than the way in which they've been reinterpreted in these politically correct times. to avoid stigmatizing or offending people. There are a great many such words, and by allowing the Social Justice Warrior brigade to redefine their meaning, we're essentially surrendering a very important front in the culture war.
As part of my research, I looked for older dictionaries online, which I could compare to their modern equivalents. A very valuable resource has been Webster's Dictionary. You'll find the original 1828 edition online, as well as the current edition. It's an interesting and informative exercise to look up the same word in both dictionaries, and see how its meaning has changed over 190 years.
Give it a try. You might have fun.