Cambridge Dictionary updates definition of ‘man’ and ‘woman’. Internet has a lot to say
The Cambridge Dictionary has updated the definition of a ‘man’ and a ‘woman’. The revisions were made in October and the internet has a lot to say about it.
New Delhi ,UPDATED: 14 Dec 2022 19:13 IST
Cambridge Dictionary updates definition of ‘man’ and ‘woman’.
By Shubhi Mishra: The Cambridge Dictionary has updated the definitions of a “man” and a “woman” to include everyone, regardless of their sex at birth.
While the updated definition of ‘male’ includes “an adult who lives and identifies as a male, although they may have been told a different gender at birth”, it reads for a ‘female’ as ‘a adult who lives and identifies as female, even though they have been told that they have a different gender at birth.” However, the previous definition is still there which calls a woman as an “adult female human being”.
Giving examples of the same, the Cambridge Dictionary says: “She was the first trans woman to be elected to national office” for a woman.
“Their doctor encouraged them to live as a man for a while before undergoing surgical transition” reads the example of the updated definition of a man.
“Our editors made this addition to the entry for woman in October. They carefully studied the usage patterns of the word woman and concluded that this definition is one that learners of English should be aware of to improve their understanding of how the language uses is to be supported. The first definition in the entry for woman remains unchanged and remains ‘a mature female person’,” a spokesperson for the Cambridge Dictionary told the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, the updates were made in October and the internet is not very happy about them. Social media users slammed the Cambridge Dictionary on Twitter for the revision.
“The description doesn’t make sense. Call themselves a dictionary. For who?” a user wrote.
Another user said: “Cambridge Dictionary is now a work of fiction.”
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