Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Romanian Academy redefines word in dictionary to label it an anti-Semitic slur

By Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania — The Romanian Academy will alter its definition of an anti-Semitic slur in a dictionary to make it clear the word is pejorative.

The academy wrote to the Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism on Wednesday, saying it should have described the word as pejorative. The DEX dictionary says the term is used in a “familiar” sense but omits that it is an anti-Semitic slur.
The academy said in a letter “we will do all we can to make an immediate and permanent correction of its definition.

The center had protested the usage of the word, saying it was “heard by Jews when they were put on the trains of death,” referring to the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Romanian Jews in World War II.

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