Don’t Trust Your Dictionary

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

October 16 was National Dictionary Day. Can you think of anything dumber to celebrate?

Pig with Dictionary

While I understand why a lot of parents and teachers might promote educational dictionary activities for kids, there’s one big problem. Modern dictionaries have become a tool used by progressives to stealthily infuse their perverse ideology through deception and manipulation. Meanwhile, as we’re all being properly re-educated, they sneak around rewriting laws and subverting our Constitution. It’s kind of what the pompous pigs did in George Orwell’s classic 1945 dystopia, Animal Farm.

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that many definitions in my dictionary, especially those with social and political connotations, have been wildly distorted or are just plain wrong. If I can’t even trust my dictionary, why in the world would I want to celebrate it?

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, let’s take a look at a few words and their twisted definitions, compliments of my Apple computer’s built-in New Oxford American Dictionary, Version 2.2.1:

  • Ku Klux Klan:
    an extremist right-wing secret society in the US.
    The Ku Klux Klan was originally founded in the southern states after the Civil War to oppose social change and black emancipation by using violence and terrorism. Although disbanded twice, it re-emerged in the 1950s and 1960s and continues at a local level. Members disguise themselves in white robes and hoods and often use a burning cross as a symbol of the organization.
  • supremacist:
    an advocate of the supremacy of a particular group, especially one determined by race or sex; a white supremacist.

To me, the blatant disregard for historical truth is stunning. The Ku Klux Klan was not a “right-wing” secret society as my dictionary would like me to believe. It actually emerged in 1866 as a pseudo-secret political action group created by the—wait for it—Democratic Party! Want proof? Then I encourage you to check out the thirteen volume set of Congressional investigations detailing the Klan’s connection to the Party called Report of the Joint Select Committee to Inquire Into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States.

As for the definition of supremacist, the example alone says it all. This bit of propaganda purposely misleads people into thinking that only “white” supremacists exist today. And the Black Panther Party is made up of who?

Then there are word definitions that have undergone such a slight degree of distortion, I often have to read them twice. These definitions, when juxtaposed against others, often illuminate the bias more clearly. Consider the following:

  • exceptionalism:
    the belief that something is exceptional, especially the theory that the peaceful capitalism of the US constitutes an exception to the general economic laws governing national historical development.
  • global warming:
    a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.
  • climate change:
    a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

While my dictionary defines exceptionalism in relation to America as mere “theory,” perhaps the authors of my dictionary have yet to grasp the correlation between America’s free market capitalism and the unmatched level of freedom, prosperity, and philanthropy of its citizens compared to other nations, not to mention the opportunity to collect a handsome over-payment for a job so poorly done. This is profound, not theoretical.

However, as for truly theoretical and highly controversial words like global warming and climate change, they are presumed to be defined objectively—as if scientific inquiry has already been settled. Obviously, that’s not how real science works. But that doesn’t make any difference to the alarmists who have decided to replace “global warming” with “climate change” in an effort to give their agenda new legs after their global warming shenanigans were revealed.

Notice any propaganda in the next two examples?

  • firearm:
    an unregistered firearm: gun, weapon, rifle, pistol, handgun, revolver; informal shooter, piece, heat.
  • gun:
    the illegal trafficking of drugs and guns: firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, carbine, automatic, handgun, semiautomatic, machine gun, Uzi; weapon; informal piece, gat, heater.

Needless to say, my dictionary is also anti-Second Amendment. I think it’s time for me to find a new dictionary.

Finally, dictionaries indoctrinate through defining common phrases. I’m particularly fond of the example below, where a fictitious lone dissenter of bailouts has been cleverly added to give a particular impression, let alone inferring that we should all accept certain Marxist tenets like government take overs:

  • too big to fail:
    (of a financial organization or other business) so important to the economy of a country that a government or central bank must take measures to prevent it from ceasing to trade or going bankrupt. he caused a stir earlier this month when he said that no company was too big to fail.

Modern dictionaries have not only distorted our language, they have also adopted some of the most useless jargon imaginable. Words like selfie, unfriend, and micro-aggression are just a few examples that have recently appeared in dictionaries. It’s no wonder America’s self-absorbed youth have a literacy problem.

But there is something we can all do. Instead of celebrating a dictionary, we should celebrate individuals like Noah Webster. He’s the American Revolutionary War patriot and famous educator who is credited with authoring America’s first dictionary in 1828. With over 70,000 words, The Webster’s Dictionary not only provided our nation with its own distinctly American way of spelling, pronunciation, and word usage, but it helped to unify the entire nation under one standard of English. Times sure have changed, haven’t they?

In addition to the dictionary, Webster authored scores of textbooks. His famous Webster’s Blue Back Speller, first introduced in 1783, was the speller used by elementary students for over 150 years. Imagine if elementary children today learned how to spell and use words like contumelious, vertiginous, and acanthus. Maybe then America’s number of eighth graders that can only read at grade level or above wouldn’t be an embarrassing 34 percent.

But Webster’s Blue Back Speller wasn’t just about spelling words. It’s blank cover page and fly leaf was full of useful information and moral lessons taken from Biblical scripture. According to Webster, “No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

Unfortunately, secular progressives who yearn to consolidate power for themselves will have none of this. Just as with our nation’s founding fathers, Webster represents an ideological villain, though he was a man who did his part in unifying a free and moral America. Now, after decades of chipping away at that foundation, we are left with a less free and morally degraded country.

Nevertheless, teaching American children about the merits of individuals like Noah Webster is one way to combat the manipulative forces that are embedded in our language and throughout our culture, including that now pitiful language resource we still call a dictionary.

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