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Cambridge Dictionary Redefines Man/Woman

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One of the world’s most popular English-language dictionaries has formally redefined the terms “man” and “woman” by adding supplemental definitions to include transgender men and women.

The Cambridge Dictionary, first published in 1995 by the University of Cambridge, has recently expanded the definition of man and woman, following the lead of Merriam-Webster that earlier this year did the same for the terms “male” and “female.”

It was reported in July that Merriam-Webster inserted “having a gender identity that is the opposite of male” as the secondary definition of the word female. The dictionary also similarly modified the definition of “male.”

While the Cambridge Dictionary did not change the definitions of male and female, its changes to the terms man and woman essentially mirror the path set by Merriam-Webster by including a “trans definition” as the second definition.

For the term “woman,” Cambridge Dictionary inserted, “an adult who lives and identifies as female though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth.”

The dictionary then lists two examples of its usage with this meaning: “She was the first trans woman elected to a national office,” and “Mary is a woman who was assigned male at birth.”

The new Cambridge definition of a man is similarly structured to that of a woman and also contains examples of its usage: “Mark is a trans man (= a man who was said to be female when they were born),” and “Their doctor encouraged them to live as a man for a while before undergoing surgical transition.”

Journalist and Manhattan Institute Fellow Christopher Rufo was seemingly the first to publicly share the inclusion of these trans definitions in Cambridge’s dictionary, tweeting a photo of the new entry and saying, “Cambridge Dictionary just dropped a new definition of ‘woman.’”

Rufo later tweeted that the trans definition authors at Cambridge did not utilize the pronouns “she” or “he,” but instead used “they.”

“Notice that the dictionary writers say ‘*they* may have been.’ They couldn’t bring themselves to write ‘she may have been,’ because they know they’re lying. That’s the tell,” Rufo remarked.

Dan McLaughlin, a senior writer at the conservative National Review, retweeted Rufo’s initial post with the comment, “1984 wasn’t supposed to be a how-to manual.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Jane Hamlin, president of the Beaumont Society, a charity that supports transgender issues, was overjoyed by the changes, saying, “This is such good news. There has been so much misinformation and rubbish written about definitions of ‘man’ and ‘woman’ lately, but these definitions are clear, concise and correct. Congratulations to the Cambridge Dictionary team!”

In a request for comment, a spokesman for Cambridge Dictionary defended the company’s actions and underscored that the primary function of its publication is to assist English language learners.

“Our editors made this addition to the entry for ‘woman’ in October. They carefully studied usage patterns of the word ‘woman’ and concluded that this definition is one that learners of English should be aware of to support their understanding of how the language is used,” the spokesman commented.

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CITIZEN
CITIZEN
1 month ago

No matter what you try, you cannot change a rooster (a “he/male”) so “he/male” can lay an egg. Only a hen (a “she/female”) can do that. Same applies to a “he/male” in the human species. If wrong please provide actual evidence to otherwise.

Brandon
Brandon
Reply to  CITIZEN
1 month ago

Actual evidence? The evidence is that when you can’t win an argument you change the meaning of words. That’s your evidence. 🤣😂🤣

Senior Pastor
Senior Pastor
1 month ago

The reason these kind of things go on is that opposition to them is almost always silenced by posting “policy,” or other free speech curtailment measures.

Oxford Dictionary which hasn’t drank the Kool-Aid yet.
adjectivefemale

  1. of or denoting the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes.
  2. “a herd of female deer”
  • relating to women or the female gender.
  • “a female name”

adjectivemale

  1. of or denoting the sex that produces small, typically motile gametes, especially spermatozoa, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated to produce offspring.
  2. “male children”
Gary Bell
Gary Bell
1 month ago

Amazing when woke people try to explain a simple concept. Just male and female. It is either in or out. Anything other than that are a social concept. One in a million will have both traits.

Kelly
Kelly
1 month ago

I’d like to see the studies they did on usage patterns. They’re right to cite usage as the guide for how words are defined, but this decision has nothing to do with usage. A dictionary is supposed to be *descriptive*, meaning they simply describe how words are commonly used. But men are not commonly referred to as women, and the idea that they should be is the subject of a highly contentious debate that the gender ideologues can’t win. By taking a *prescriptive* approach of trying to impose new definitions of common words, these dictionary publishers are trying to help the losing side of the debate and, sadly, beclowning themselves.

I’m glad I’ve held onto my old hard copy dictionaries. Looks like I’ll be dusting them off for regular use again!

Pap
Pap
1 month ago

GOD said what is a man and a woman, and He was the creator. Even the animal kingdom would not allow abnormally to rule the herd. smh

Burnett Marus
Burnett Marus
1 month ago

Sounds like they needed a definition for a transgender person…not redefining a man or woman which is pretty absolute.

Djea3
Djea3
Reply to  Burnett Marus
1 month ago

The definition agreed upon by the mental health industry is “gender dysphoric”. In fact in order to begin a sex change one must be diagnosed as such.

So we have a CLEAR and NEUTRAL term designated by medical science. USE IT.