On Tuesday, Oct. 13th, Amy Coney Barrett had her second confirmation hearing at the Capital. While the hearing itself was a flurry of questions about healthcare and LGBT+ rights, the media clung on to one word that ACB used when answering a question from senator Mazie Hirono. The senator asked a loaded question about her position on the rights of LGBT+ individuals, getting the answer she wasn’t expecting. So in leu of getting the “correct answer” from ACB, the left focused on her use of the term “sexual preference”, claiming it is offensive to use the word “preference”. Their logic is their misunderstanding (or deliberate dishonesty) of preference to mean “choice”.
While the debate can be argued all over the internet, Marriam Webster stealthily changed the definition of “preference” to reflect the arguments made by democratic politicians earlier the same day.
Users on Twitter were the first to catch this stealth edit and took screen shots of the last edited date. Sure enough, it was October 13th, the same day of the ACB confirmation hearing.
As with any addition of a new definition, the usage was updated to reflect said change. It’s clear this was added to only to bolster the argument brought fourth at the confirmation hearing. Above all, it is clear political propaganda which only diminishes Marriam Webster’s credibility as a reputable dictionary. The clear disregard for linguistic context (being that, preference can be used to convey the same meaning, excluding any aspect of choice) in a clearly charged election cycle exposes the lack of ethics at Marriam Webster and the clear political motivation of it’s employees.