Oxford Junior Dictionary ditches "beaver" and "budgerigar" for "blog" and "biodegradable"

Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Weirdness

budgie-removed-from-dictionary.jpgThe Oxford Junior Dictionary has been slowly removing loads of boring old nature and science words from its recent editions, replacing the likes of “guinea pig” and “monastery” with modern things kids need to know about like “MP3 player” and “broadband”.

This deeply shameful activity by the newly edgy and urban word-explainer has mainly seen numerous nature terms and animal names dumped, but plenty of Christian and other religious words have been removed too – to make way for the likes of “database” and “chatroom”. Ideal if you’re currently hot-housing your kid for a future career in IT.

A full list of all the binned and replaced words can be found here, if you’re thinking of starting an angry petition on behalf of the UK’s under-represented budgerigar population.

(Via Technabob)

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  • Thanks for making such a cool project. I’ve been checking the site for the Windows version, but I never left a comment about it. I know you are working hard and doing it for free so you shouldn’t feel rushed or anything.
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  • Trying to get the kids of the future knowledgeable on MP3’s and broadband at an early age.

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