You have to hand it to the Stalinists running the Merriam-Webster dictionary. As soon as Democrat Senators Mazie Hirono and Cory Booker disparaged Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for using the term ‘sexual preference‘ as an “offensive” term it updated its online definition accordingly.
Senator Hirono remarked, “You use the term sexual preference to describe those in the LGBTQ community…Let me make clear: ‘sexual preference’ is an offensive, an outdated term. It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not.”
Naturally, ACB said she never used the term in a pejorative manner.
It reminds us of the scene from 1984 when Winston’s friend Syme says,
“A word contains its opposite in itself. Take ‘good,’ for instance. If you have a word like ‘good,’ what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well…
…The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak.”
It wasn’t so long ago that The Guardian‘s editors openly encouraged journalists to amplify language when referencing ‘climate change’.
Double plus good.