Merriam-Webster Dictionary has officially bowed to leftist’s push to change the definitions of words to suit their political needs.
The dictionary has changed its definition of “sexual preference” to include the word “offensive” right after Democrats attacked Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett for using the term during the Senate confirmation hearings on Tuesday.
Before Tuesday, the fifth definition of the word “preference” referred to orientation, meaning sexual preference.
As of Wednesday, the fifth definition was changed to include the word “offensive” when used to refer to sexual orientation.
Couldn't believe this was real, but it is.@MerriamWebster dictionary redefining words on the spot apparently in an attempt to smear a SCOTUS nominee.
Archive here: https://t.co/Jxpt46OHNJ
No mention of the term being offensive just days ago. https://t.co/Vw1UVQPXVj
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) October 14, 2020
“Our scheduled updates, which add new words and also add new definitions, usage guidance, and example sentences to existing dictionary entries, take place several times per year. From time to time, we release one or some of these scheduled changes early when a word or set of words is getting extra attention, and it would seem timely to share that update,” Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, explained in a statement to Fox News.
“In this case, we released the update for sexual preference when we noticed that the entries for preference and sexual preference were being consulted in connection with the SCOTUS hearings. A revision made in response to an entry’s increased attention differs only in celerity—as always, all revisions reflect evidence of use,” Sokolowski continued.
Why the Definition Changed
At the Senate hearings on Tuesday, Senator Mazie Hirono attacked Barrett for stating that she would not discriminate on the basis of “sexual preference.”
“Sexual preference is an offensive and outdated term, it is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice — it is not,” the Democrat from Hawaii said.
“Sexual orientation is a key part of a person’s identity,” Hirono continued.
In yet another attempt, and failure, to get Judge Barrett to tell Democrats how she would rule on a certain subject, Hirono was asking whether the judge agreed with the majority in Obergefell v. Hodges, which was the Supreme Court case that gave same-sex couples the right to marry.
“So even though you didn’t give a direct answer I think your response did speak volumes. Not once, but twice you used the term ‘sexual preference’ to describe those in the LGBTQ community,” Hirono said.
“The LGBTQ community should be rightly concerned whether you would uphold their constitutional right to marry,” Hirono added.
“I certainly didn’t mean and would never mean to use a term that would cause any offense in the LGBTQ community. So if I did, I greatly apologize for that,” Barrett said.
Later, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey brought up the subject again, asking Barrett about her use of the phrase.
“In using that word I did not mean to imply that it is not an immutable characteristic or that it’s solely a matter of preference. I fully respect the rights of the LGBTQ community. Obergefell was an important precedent of the court,” she said.
“But by what you just said, you understand about that immutable characteristic. That in other words, that one’s sexuality is not a preference, it is who they are. Is that what you’re saying?” Booker asked.
“Senator, I’m saying I was not trying to make any comment on it. I fully respect all the rights of the LGBT community. Obergefell is an important precedent of the court. I reject any kind of discrimination on any sort of basis,” Barrett explained.
As is evident by the sudden decision that “sexual preference” is offensive, Democrats are desperately searching for anything they can use to attack Amy Coney Barrett, in an attempt to keep President Trump from being able to appoint a third Supreme Court justice. Changing dictionary definitions is yet another tool in the leftist toolbox.