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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Misogyny. Did the Prime Minister perhaps use the wrong word. Why did Macquarie dictionary say they were going to change the meaning?

The word misogyny has certainly received a lot of airtime recently. I personally didn’t know what the word meant and when I ask others, they didn’t know either. Macquarie has decided to broaden the meaning of the word but you have to ask the question why?

If I check the Oxford online, British and American language editions, there is no broader meaning. If I check the Merriam Webster online for American use there is no broader definition there either. Just that misogyny is the hatred of women.

Could it be in the thrust and pary of politics perhaps Julia used a word that wasn’t most appropriate.

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Kelvin Eldridge
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