Dictionary Kills Off Nature Words, Replacing Them With Tech Terms

Dictionary Kills Off Nature Words, Replacing Them With Tech Terms
Dan Gould
  • 2 february 2009

The latest edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary will no longer contain a large chunk of nature terms like heron, magpie, otter, acorn, clover, ivy, sycamore, willow and blackberry. Replacing the cut words in the children’s dictionary will be technology terms including Blackberry, blog, MP3 player, voicemail and broadband. Vineeta Gupta from the Oxford University Press says that the decision to remove nature words is due to the reduced presence of nature in children’s lives.

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