Michael Oman-Reagan has been looking for sexism in Oxford Dictionaries entries. Specifically, he thinks that their example sentences perpetuate stereotypes.
He lists six entries that trouble him. I have no idea whether these are cherry-picked or representative, but take a look and see what you think. Carolyn Cox has further discussion.
The most interesting of Oman-Reagan’s six is Oxford’s entry on “rabid” and the example it gives: “a rabid feminist”.
Is this true?
Their full definition says:
Having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something: ‘a rabid feminist’
“Extreme” and “fanatical” do kind of sound bad.
They give three other examples of the word’s use: Continue reading