Date: Sun, 30 Oct 1994 23:25:00 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: offensiveness
Dictionaries are historical records, so editors should cover as much of
contemporary language as they can. Even though most people use "Webster's"
as a guide to usage, in the long run each dictionary is a slice-of-time
representation of how people use language. Posterity is not served well
when touchy feelings get in the way of recording facts. As Sali suggested,
rather than omitting offensive terms dictionary editors should include them
and label them appropriately.