Can You Spell c-e-n-s-o-r-s-h-i-p?

Abby Zimet

Picking up where "Catcher In the Rye" left off, a southern California school district has banned Merriam-Webster's
Dictionary after some poor, no-doubt-now-traumatized kid stumbled on
the term "oral sex" - defined, aptly if clinically, as "oral
stimulation of the genitals." Menifee will now form a committee
to plow through its 470,000-plus entries and decide if all dictionaries
containing all sexual definitions should be banned. While they're at
it, we hope they check out the meanings of "repression," "ignorance,"
"fear," and "open marketplace of ideas." If they want to take a break
from their virtuous labors, they could help out the homeless
in a nearby town who just lost their only impromptu shelter, set up at
a church where people seem to know the meanings of "compassion,"
"priority," and "give me a break."


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