Stephanie Hurlburt
+ Your AuthorsArchive @sehurlburt Businesses: @_binomial @artbysehurlburt Instagram: instagram.com/sehurlburt 🏳️‍🌈 She/her Jan. 13, 2021 1 min read

“The lexicographer’s role is to explain how words are (or have been) actually used, not how some may feel that they should be used, and they say nothing about the intrinsic nature of the thing named by a word, much less the significance it may have for individuals.”

I saw this linked by @pleasantlytwstd (don’t want to give the person she had to explain this to more PR), and it’s good to see this concept explicitly stated by a dictionary.  https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism#learn-more 

It comes up a lot, and I noticed especially by folks in tech— linking to a definition as if it agrees with them the debate is pathetic. Dictionaries are made by flawed people and reflect flawed histories and uses and oppression. They are not objective arbiters of truth.


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