I was stunned when I first read about this. A note about what had happened was in a book that I have just finished about America’s National Parks. I found confirmation of the facts on the Snopes website.
via Dictionary Drama
I felt a little better after getting a better context for the bigger picture. Nevertheless, I feel a little sad about this, and I would also argue that what is going on may not necessarily be a good thing. There are other more important people who also seem to feel the same way.
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Wow – this is eye-opening. I agree, the larger context is important (Oxford publishes 17 dictionaries for young learners), but still, I can’t imagine opening up a dictionary, even one for kids, and not finding “dandelion” or “newt.” It seems a bit Orwellian – reading further, they also removed “empire” and “monarch” from the Junior Dictionary.