I would like to bring to your attention a troubling situation with the aforementioned dictionary.
Under the entry for the adjective “gay,” the third definition reads:
3 informal foolish; stupid: making students wait for the light is kind of a gay rule.
I’m surprised I would have to tell you that using the word ‘gay’ as a synonym for ‘stupid’ is far more than “informal” usage. It’s clearly a cultural slur indicative of the negative sentiment persons who are homosexual endure daily in American culture.
As a public school teacher, I thought my job was to enlighten junior high and high school students, not dictionary editors.
When you print other culturally specific words used as slurs you generally preface the definition with the abbreviation “offens.” to clarify the word’s usage as offensive. I hope you will make this correction in subsequent editions of this dictionary.
I’ve always held Oxford University Press in high esteem and I realize editing a dictionary is an enormous task, but I am truly astounded and offended at the insensitivity shown by this omission.
A concerned reader and lover of dictionaries (and gay people)
P.S. What kind of phrase is “kind of a gay rule”? Who are you hiring over there to write your copy? Sheesh.
On another topic altogether—
Is anyone interested in knitting up some squares for blankets for local persons/families recently affected by (take your pick, sadly) tragedy? I know someone with more blog traffic would have to publicize it, but I’d be in for a couple, at least, and I’m sure we could get some knitbloggers behind us—hmmm?
I’m thinking worsted weight, superwash wool, 8-inch squares–can I get a
shout out witness? What say you?