Merriam-Webster Changes Definition of ‘Preference’ After Barrett’s Remarks

by Penka Arsova
LaCorte News

The Merriam-Webster dictionary added a new definition of the word “preference” after Democrats criticized Judge Amy Coney Barrett for using the term “sexual preference” during her confirmation hearing.

The dictionary now says that using the word “preference” in the context of “sexual preference” might be considered “offensive.” According to media critic Steve Krakauer, who is also the executive producer of Megyn Kelly’s podcast, the change was made Wednesday.

A screenshot of the definitions of the word before the change shows that the Merriam-Webster dictionary added the term “orientation.”

As recently as last month, Webster’s Dictionary included a definition of “preference” as “orientation” or “sexual preference.” TODAY they changed it and added the word “offensive.”

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