It appears the Merriam-Webster Dictionary actually changed their definition of the word “preference” to include an “offensive” label next to the phrase “sexual preference” after a far-left senator criticized SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett for using the phrase - a commonly used term that now, all of a sudden, means she must hate gay people...or something.
Of course, those weren't the rules before, but the left does like to make stuff up as it suits them.
According to Steve Krakauer, who documented the change using a web archive, the Merriam-Webster definition of “preference” used to include the example “sexual preference” as a sub-definition. But now, the entry includes a qualifier claiming that the term "sexual preference" is “offensive.”
As recently as last month, Webster’s Dictionary included a definition of “preference” as “orientation” or “sexual preference.” TODAY they changed it and added the word “offensive."— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) October 14, 2020
Insane - I just checked through Wayback Machine and it’s real.
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The online dictionary now includes a paragraph under "Usage of preference" that claims "The term preference as used to refer to sexual orientation is widely considered offensive in its implied suggestion that a person can choose who they are sexually or romantically attracted to."
Users noticed the change just after Barrett, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, was blasted by Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono for having used the term “sexual preference,” which Hirono bizarrely claimed is an “offensive and outdated term” to suggest that being gay is a choice.
“Sexual preference is an offensive and outdated term,” Hirono claimed. “It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not.”
Except that the phrase “sexual preference,” regardless of how Hirono and Merriam-Webster have now decided to label it, has been commonly used by just about everyone on both sides of the aisle - including presidential candidate Joe Biden, and even the late SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
But not, as politics has called for it, “preference” will fall into the same category as phrases like “illegal alien” and the “OK” hand gesture – as in, things Democrats used to use with regularity, but have suddenly deemed hateful in order to use them as partisan tools.
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