November 11, 2003

Merriam-Webster not McFriendly?

My poor sister and aunt has to hear this...Merriam-Webster just defined their current vocations as "a low paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement"--a McJob.

The definition is really offensive to people who have worked at McDonald's beyond adolescence; I've found many make decent wages, have moved up in the fast food heirarchy, and have great benefits from the company.

Bias looks like it is sneaking into the dictionary.

When coined phrases, such as "McJob", are included many people have different opinions on what that definition is. I think the Merriam-Webster company should rethink its stance before the America begins to call their employees "WebsterGeeks" or "Girly-Merriam-Definition-Dorks".

Lots of people work for McDonald's. There is power in french-fry-making numbers. And coining words is one of the most common practices around.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at November 11, 2003 6:21 PM

Hmm. I don't have to wonder why the French have the Academie Francais at times like these. The English language morphs daily, so it seems, and the dictionary adding terms like "McJob" seems out of line and entirely preposterous, if you ask me.

I empathize with those that are offended with the new term and its poor definition. It's one thing to be stereotyped on a daily basis, but having a stereotype actually illustrated in the dictionary makes one wonder what the world is coming to. *sigh*

Posted by: Karissa at November 11, 2003 7:40 PM
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