Merriam Webster Changes “Sexual Preference” Term to Offensive After Amy Barrett Used It

Merriam Webster Changes

( – When dictionary services update definitions to reflect changes in the use of language, it’s certainly nothing new. Merriam-Webster’s explanation for its latest update is novel, however, and a bit suspect upon further examination.

Beginning October 14, Merriam-Webster updated its listing for the word “preference,” adding a fifth definition, calling it offensive. The move appeared to respond to an attack by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s use of the word during her confirmation hearing earlier in the day.

Twitter was quick to respond, with senior pastor and author Steve Cioccolanti and others questioning the revision’s underlying motive.

As it turned out, that criticism was on target. Merriam-Webster’s Editor-at-Large, Peter Sokolowski, admitted the company updated the definition after it saw a spike in online searches for the term “in connection with the SCOTUS hearings.”

Sokolowski tried to play the change down, adding the word would have been updated eventually. However, Merriam-Webster has a long-standing history of trolling leading Conservatives like President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, and others. Perhaps it should remain neutral about politics with less than three weeks left before the upcoming national elections.

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