Reality, n. Pronunciation: Brit. /rɪˈalᵻti/ , U.S. /riˈælədi/ 1.Real existence; what is real rather than imagined or desired; the aggregate of real things or existences; that which underlies and is the truth of appearances or phenomena. 2. The opposite of however the Oxford Dictionary is going to redefine Marriage to suit current political taste.
The Queen just signed gay marriage into law in Britain, and the Oxford English Dictionary is going to jump on the bandwagon by redefining marriage as no longer simply between “a man and a woman.”
According to GayStarNews, the “world’s most renowned dictionary of the English language” plans to edit its definition of marriage in future editions in order to “include gay people.” After Britain’s legalization of marriage, Oxford University Press announced that the company was “looking into how same-sex couples marrying in England and Wales will affect” the dictionary-official definition of marriage.
The company intends to track how the word is used over the course of the next year and adapt the definition accordingly. A spokeswoman for the Press stated: “We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage.”
One thing’s for sure: “a man and a woman” will be deleted from the definition in future editions, and probably placed with a gender-neutral term such as “two persons.”
Currently, the Oxford definition reads that “formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.” But GayStarNews reported that this definition of marriage was “discriminatory” against gays.
The traditional definition irks LGBT activists who want homosexual unions to be regarded as basically the same as heterosexual unions. Huffington Post was all agog last week about “artists” in San Francisco who were “hacking” dictionaries by pasting gay-friendly definitions of marriage over traditional definitions of marriage, but the OED takes the re-definition to a much more official level.
But of course, it’s not a shocker in Britain, where gay activists continued celebrating their legal victory by hyping hopes that the royal baby will grow up to be gay.