Chuck Colson is Mad at the Dictionary

Ex-con and SuperChristian Chuck Colson is mad at the Oxford Junior Dictionary.

You know those kinds of dictionaries — the abridged versions that are limited to words kids see on a more regular basis.

It seems several archaic words pertaining to “Britain’s Christian heritage” are gone.

Gone were words like “coronation,” “willow,” and “goldfish.” In their place were words like “MP3 player,” “blog,” and “biodegradable.”

(I don’t quite get the Christian connection to those… but moving on…)

The list continues:

“abbey, altar, bishop, chapel, christen, disciple, monk, nun, pew, saint,” and “sin” were all axed. Even Christmas took a hit: “carol,” “holly,” and “mistletoe” were removed.

And what blasphemous words have taken their place?

In their place, kids got “tolerant,” “interdependent,” and “bilingual.”

WHAT?!

Those. F$%king. Monsters.

As we all know, Conservative Christians are against any type of tolerance… as well as people who speak more than one language, apparently. (Only Satan speaks Spanish, you know.)

When you only get 6,000 words to include, some of them will get cut to make room for words people mention often.

Of course, all the “dropped” words are in the regular Oxford Primary Dictionary… but clearly the abridged version is all that matters.

I’m sure when the kiddies read through the Junior Dictionary and don’t see their missing Christian words, they will become little heathens and kill someone immediately.

  • Eliza

    He & others who are angry about this should go soak their heads pray about it. In private.

    The angry homeschooling mom who posted a comment on Colson’s article could always just let her kids use the internet to find word definitions. No problem there with words going missing! And maybe they’ll learn a little extra something along the way to open their minds.

    This post reminds me of a wonderful book by Andrew Clements, Frindle. It’s marketed as a children’s book but I’d highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in words & etymology, childhood education, how fads spread, and/or nonconformity. I got teary-eyed at the outcome of the extended fight (over years) between the dictionary-worshipping teacher & the kid who invented a new word that caught on. (Another excellent, humorous short novel about nonconformity v. conformity & fads, though not about changes in the language per se, is Connie Willis’ Bellwether.)

  • mikespeir

    It’s not the end of civilization as we know it, but it all adds up.

  • Skeptimal

    Colson: “In other words, we judge our religion by our ideology — in this case, multiculturalism — not vice-versa.”

    Why does it seem that whenever an Evangelical says the words “In other words” this way, they are about to fabricate a straw man interpretation of what has just been said?

    Evangelicals *refuse* to understand the difference between multi-culturalism and relativism.

  • http://www.tuibguy.com Mike Haubrich, FCD

    I’m sure when the kiddies read through the Junior Dictionary and don’t see their missing Christian words, they will become little heathens and kill someone immediately.

    I don’t know about that, Hemant. I think they’ll lay in wait until they can overthrow the good Christian government with an evil atheist one.

    All in good time, all in good time.

  • http://www.myspace.com/youreundoingmybeltwronghun Tim D.

    I can’t wait for a notable Conservative Commentator(TM) to compare this to the scene in 1984 where they take words out of the English language in an effort to remove certain concepts from the public consciousness.

    Oh, and they should probably throw in a Nazi comparison for good measure.

  • http://cannonballjones.wordpress.com Cannonball Jones

    Hmm, maybe we can al look forward to a time when words like ‘abbey’, ‘monk’, etc are all annotated with (archaic)…

  • MH

    I’m fairly sure I read the post by Erin Manning on the Crunchy Con Beliefnet blog a few months ago. At the time I replied why worry, electronic media allows access to a dictionary with all words with page flipping.

  • Arnaud

    could always just let her kids use the internet to find word definitions.

    What, are you crazy!? Internet is the residence of the blasphemers!

  • Duh-sciple

    As a Christian, I would say that Mr. Colson has missed the Main Deal involved with following Jesus.

    Love God

    Love others

    If there’s a choice between inflicting or receiving violence, the latter is preferred over again the former.

    And, if ever there was anything that was a “speck in the neighbor’s eye”- his words in the dictionary fit. Oops, got to go… seems I have to remove a 2 by 4 from my left eyeball.

    Cheers, Duhsciple

  • chancelikely

    I can’t wait for a notable Conservative Commentator(TM) to compare this to the scene in 1984 where they take words out of the English language in an effort to remove certain concepts from the public consciousness.

    Oh, and they should probably throw in a Nazi comparison for good measure.

    That would require them to have actually read 1984. There’s something about the authoritarian mindset that doesn’t truck with no book larnin’.

  • http://gaytheistagenda.lavenderliberal.com/ Buffy

    WTF is it with the wingnuts who want to literally control the entire world? Can’t they just buy a “Fundiespeak Dictionary” and be done with it? I just don’t understand the need and desire to control every book, magazine, movie, TV show, etc. in the world.

    But then again I don’t think I’m in sole possession of The Truth, as some do. That could be why.

  • Zar

    Please, for heaven’s sake, have the decency to print the B-word with some blanks in it! Write bil—–l or something!

  • http://learninfreedom.org/ tokenadult

    Maybe some words were omitted from the dictionary because everyone knows what they mean.

  • Hoffy

    Talking about spelling,Chucks surname is spelt WRONG, theres an s in there that obviously shouldn’t be there………..

  • Stephen P

    A bit sad and strange that “goldfish” was removed. Don’t children (other than my own) have goldfish any more?

    Or is it that they all have neon tetras and angel fish these days? Aha – “angel” wasn’t one of the words removed, was it? That must be it.


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