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November 11, 2003
McWimps - Merriam-Webster Caving to McDonalds Threats
On Saturday, I took a look at McDonalds claim to be upset by the inclusion of the word McJob in the eleventh edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary (McTrademark Follies). As I noted, the complaint seems quite specious since the word has been in common usage for nearly a decade and is found in many other dictionaries.
However, yesterday, Blind HÃ¶na | På Kornet noticed that the Merriam-Webster website has removed the term "McJob" from their page touting new words added in the 11th edition (McDonald's Newspeak: Unwanted words purged from dictionaries).
The evidence is clear: note this source HTML for the page with a list of some of the new words added to the 11th edition (http://www.merriam-webstercollegiate.com/info/new_words.htm):
<!-- pulled 11/10/03 <p>
<a name="McJob"></a><strong>McJob</strong> . . . . <em>noun</em> (1986) <strong>:</strong> a low-paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement
UPDATED 1640 PT - Corrected misspelling.
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