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Outrage as Cambridge Dictionary Changes the Definition of “Man” and “Woman”

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Cambridge Dictionary is being criticized on social media for changing the definitions of the words “man” and “woman”.

The definition was altered to include people who identify as a gender other than their biological sex.

The definition of woman, which previously was about the sex a person was born as, now states that a woman is “an adult who lives and identifies as female though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth.”

Outrage as Cambridge dictionary changes the definition of "man" and "woman"

Similarly, a man is now defined as “an adult who lives and identifies as male though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth.”

This change has elicited criticisms. Many argued that redefining society’s categorization of gender and sex is harmful and inaccurate.

“Cambridge Dictionary just dropped a new definition of ‘woman’,” Christopher Rufo, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, tweeted.

Outrage as Cambridge dictionary changes the definition of "man" and "woman"

Rufo also pointed out that the dictionary used the pronoun “they” to describe the subject rather than “she”.

“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,” he tweeted.

Adam Brooks, a British social commentator, questioned whether women are happy with the change.

He wrote: “Oh wow, the @CambridgeWords dictionary definition of a woman is shocking, how did we get here? Surely women aren’t happy with this?”

Dan McLaughin, a senior writer at National Review, argued the change is Orwellian.

“1984 wasn’t supposed to be a how-to manual,” he tweeted.

Outrage as Cambridge dictionary changes the definition of "man" and "woman"

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Outrage as Cambridge dictionary changes the definition of "man" and "woman"

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