End of ADS-L Digest - 29 Oct 1994 to 30 Oct 1994 ************************************************ There are 11 messages totalling 347 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. offensiveness (2) 2. offending idioms (4) 3. Relic Idioms 4. Boulder Dam 5. OH Language Files 6. needs+pp 7. Preferred Terms ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 30 Oct 1994 23:25:00 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" 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. DMLance