A recent petition circulated on change.org has been signed by many to remove sexist words from the dictionary. Started by Maria Beatrice Giovanardi and the Fawcett Society, the petition states, “This sexist dictionary must change.”
The intention is good, but the misunderstanding of how dictionaries work speaks poorly to feminist intellect.
Words and phrases are coined and then used frequently enough before they are given an entry. Removing definitions is a case of the tail wagging the dog, as if chauvinists turn to a book of spelling to discover new and exciting sexist terms.