Boondoggle

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The horrors of a lark-free world

Good luck identifying this in your OJD, kid.

Good luck identifying this in your OJD, kid.

Some adults have sneaked a peak at the new “Oxford Junior Dictionary” and are none too pleased with what they see (or don’t see):

Imagine a childhood without gerbils, goldfish, guinea pigs, hamsters, herons, larks, or leopards; where even the idea of these things had been replaced by practical modern concepts like celebrity, vandalism, negotiate, interdependent, and creep. This is the world of the Oxford Junior Dictionary, whose current edition has dropped all the old words in the first list, and added all the new ones.

A childhood without larks?!?  I dare not even ponder.  And as if that weren’t bad enough, diligent dictionary-reading kids will now know nothing about thrushes, leeks, and vicars — a life impoverished! — and will instead be immersed in such useless words like “EU,” “biodegradable,” and “common sense.”  I shudder for the future of humanity.

(image from flickr user wolfpix under a Creative Commons license)

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December 10, 2008 - Posted by | Conservatives, Humor, Literature |

1 Comment »

  1. So now what happens if we encounter a celebrity hamster or a vandalizing heron? I’m lost

    Comment by Davis | December 10, 2008 | Reply


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