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It is evidently more important for a child to know what a chatroom is than a willow tree

Some things are beyond parody. This is truly the ugly side of academia; one wonders if the people involved genuinely think they’re just being descriptive rather than prescriptive.

I know what I’m going to do about it — firstly, of course, no way no how am I going to buy the OUP Junior Dictionary.

Of course, since I have no need (yet) of a Junior Dictionary (it’s a little advanced for my reading level, let’s be honest), that’s a rather empty tactic.

The other component of my response — well, watch this space for details.

(By the way, thanks to to the Telegraph for providing a comma-separated list of all the omitted words. It made pasting them into the Tags field infinitely easier.)

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1 Response to “It is evidently more important for a child to know what a chatroom is than a willow tree”


  1. 1 Sbdn. Lucas 9 December 2008 at 8:28 am

    Somebody call up “Show of Hands,” they’re gonna be ticked…


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