Dictionary Contains Dirty Words: SoCal Parents Move to Protect Children After Shocking Discovery

Source: Booksworm (CC)

Source: Booksworm (CC)

This from Alison Flood at The Guardian:

Dictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for “oral sex”.

Merriam Webster’s 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the “sexually graphic” entry is “just not age appropriate”, according to the area’s local paper.

The dictionary’s online definition of the term is “oral stimulation of the genitals”. “It’s hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we’ll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature,” district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the paper.

While some parents have praised the move – “[it's] a prestigious dictionary that’s used in the Riverside County spelling bee, but I also imagine there are words in there of concern,” said Randy Freeman – others have raised concerns. “It is not such a bad thing for a kid to have the wherewithal to go and look up a word he may have even heard on the playground,” father Jason Rogers told local press. “You have to draw the line somewhere. What are they going to do next, pull encyclopaedias because they list parts of the human anatomy like the penis and vagina?”

[More at guardian.co.uk]

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  • Hadrian999

    first you have dictionaries giving definitions in school, next thing you know anarchy

  • Anonymous

    …cause it’s best to protect children by pretending the threat does not exist.
    that approach has worked so well with sex & drugs……

  • Hadrian999

    first you have dictionaries giving definitions in school, next thing you know anarchy

  • samthor

    …cause it’s best to protect children by pretending the threat does not exist.
    that approach has worked so well with sex & drugs……

    • krbbagel

      Haha the threat of oral sex is very real people, we need to be aware.

      • http://deliverators.typepad.com Andrew Dobbs

        It is a threat, but some of us have the courage to seek it out and take it on wherever we find it. If you or anybody you know is spreading this noxious danger, please feel free to email me and I will be there swiftly to…er… “fight” this scourge.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      works with bullets too…didn’t you know that if you don’t know they’re flying at you, they can’t hit you? ;-)

  • Pb

    Won’t be living near Riverside, Calif. anytime soon!

    I guess they probably will also be removing words like “rape”, “strangulation”, “evisceration”, “disembowel”, “decapitate”, etc. No? But I don’t want my child to be exposed to such violence in his dictionary.

  • Pb

    Won’t be living near Riverside, Calif. anytime soon!

    I guess they probably will also be removing words like “rape”, “strangulation”, “evisceration”, “disembowel”, “decapitate”, etc. No? But I don’t want my child to be exposed to such violence in his dictionary.

    • eristocrat

      You wouldn’t want to. Riverside is a shithole full of meth heads.

  • eristocrat

    You wouldn’t want to. Riverside is a shithole full of meth heads.

  • Anonymous

    Haha the threat of oral sex is very real people, we need to be aware.

  • Asdf

    Wut wuld Jayzus do?

  • Asdf

    Wut wuld Jayzus do?

    • gondolfin

      Dunno mate, maybe look up oral sex. Remind the dumbers of the tags: “Genesis”, ” Snake” “apple” and “linguistics”.

  • http://deliverators.typepad.com Andrew Dobbs

    It is a threat, but some of us have the courage to seek it out and take it on wherever we find it. If you or anybody you know is spreading this noxious danger, please feel free to email me and I will be there swiftly to…er… “fight” this scourge.

  • http://twitter.com/iscoff Scott

    If you look up “dirty” in the dictionary, does it have “n. the dictionary” as one of the definitions? Gosh, what a filthy book!

  • http://twitter.com/iscoff Scott

    If you look up “dirty” in the dictionary, does it have “n. the dictionary” as one of the definitions? Gosh, what a filthy book!

  • Anonymous

    I definitely disapprove of that dictionary. Mostly because you should never use a word you are defining in its definition!!! “Oral stimulation” in the definition of “oral sex” won’t help any confused readers understand!

    But yeah, I’m in library school and this story is pretty legendary. Because inhibiting student access to a dictionary is absurd.

  • nemoide

    I definitely disapprove of that dictionary. Mostly because you should never use a word you are defining in its definition!!! “Oral stimulation” in the definition of “oral sex” won’t help any confused readers understand!

    But yeah, I’m in library school and this story is pretty legendary. Because inhibiting student access to a dictionary is absurd.

  • Arnic

    The dumb hurts my head :(

  • Arnic

    The dumb hurts my head :(

  • Anonymous

    Dunno mate, maybe look up oral sex. Remind the dumbers of the tags: “Genesis”, ” Snake” “apple” and “linguistics”.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    works with bullets too…didn’t you know that if you don’t know they’re flying at you, they can’t hit you? ;-)

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    knowledge is dangerous…it may start small…with looking up a ‘dirty word’ or concept, but the next thing you know they’re atheists stabbing their good Christian parents in the night…not because of the beatings or the prayer sessions or the absence of a social life…but because of all that dangerous, dangerous knowledge

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    knowledge is dangerous…it may start small…with looking up a ‘dirty word’ or concept, but the next thing you know they’re atheists stabbing their good Christian parents in the night…not because of the beatings or the prayer sessions or the absence of a social life…but because of all that dangerous, dangerous knowledge

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    knowledge is dangerous…it may start small…with looking up a ‘dirty word’ or concept, but the next thing you know they’re atheists stabbing their good Christian parents in the night…not because of the beatings or the prayer sessions or the absence of a social life…but because of all that dangerous, dangerous knowledge

  • Jessie_maya

    Ban the Bible, it is full of blood and gore, illicit sex and incest [I know Lot was drunk but he "knew his daughters in a biblical sense!]

  • Jessie_maya

    Ban the Bible, it is full of blood and gore, illicit sex and incest [I know Lot was drunk but he "knew his daughters in a biblical sense!]

  • Jessie_maya

    Ban the Bible, it is full of blood and gore, illicit sex and incest [I know Lot was drunk but he "knew his daughters in a biblical sense!]

  • marc

    Children being exposed to perpetual violence, still ok

  • marc

    Children being exposed to perpetual violence, still ok