I remember when that was unveiled, a Labour MP was being questioned in detail about some of the proposals, and he said "well, these proposals aren't written in stone."
I mean, I guess technically they're painted on top of stone rather than carved in it.
I nearly posted this in the rant thread as it's annoyed me a fair bit:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37761668
Two women from Essex want the term "Essex girl" removed from the Oxford English Dictionary, because they consider it offensive.
It is a phrase synonymous with 1990s ladette culture, used to define brash party girls in one part of England.
And that is why two Essex women have launched a campaign to remove the 'rude and stereotypical' term "Essex girl" from the Oxford English Dictionary.
Juliet Thomas and Natasha Sawkins want their proud peers to post their success under #IAmAnEssexGirl and sign their petition to have the term scrubbed.
But, a dictionary spokeswoman said, "nothing is ever taken out of the OED".
"It's a historical dictionary," she told the BBC. "Definitions can change, but an entry will never come out."
The dictionary defines Essex girl as: "Essex girl n. [after Essex man n.] Brit. derogatory a contemptuous term applied (usu. joc.) to a type of young woman, supposedly to be found in and around Essex, and variously characterized as unintelligent, promiscuous, and materialistic."
The OED responded to explain that they never remove definitions, and they certainly don't remove definitions because they're offensive to someone. As these ladies might have worked out themselves if they looked at words listed under N. They might find one that's even more offensive than "Essex girl". If the OED excluded offensive words, they might
have started with that one.
I think the reason it annoys me is that it perfectly encapsulates the mindset of the professional offendee. Their entire argument is that they find the definition offensive. That's the end of it, no need to think beyond that. And so obviously the world needs to change so they're not offended. The idea that the OED is a comprehensive recording of all the words in English there ever were, including all the horrible ones, warts and all, seems to be beyond them. And the most offensive, horrible words, like the one I alluded to earlier, are if anything particularly historically important to record. Removing them would be to lie about reality. It would be like insisting that history books never mention WW2 as it was unpleasant.