Macmillian Becomes 1st UK Dictionary To Include Same-Sex Couples in Their Definition of Marriage

Macmillian Becomes the 1st UK Dictionary To Include Same-Sex Couples in Their De

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? The definition of the word "marriage" has been changing for some time, especially where gay and lesbian couples are concerned. So much so that prominent dictionaries like the Oxford English and Merriam-Webster dictionaries have been including same-sex marriages in their definitions for a good chunk of the last decade.

Interestingly, in a set of new updates, Macmillan Dictionary is just now amending its definition “to reflect the change in the law allowing same sex couples to marry”, becoming the first UK dictionary to do so.  And the editor thinks there might be more changes in the future.

Macmillandictionary.com editor-in-chief Michael Rundell said the change to the definition of "marriage" might suggest a future redefining of the terms "husband" and "wife". "In a same sex relationship two men are probably not going to refer to themselves as 'wife', but if it's two women, they might, so we need to keep an eye on that."

Right. I loved the Oxford English Dictionary (OED.com)’s response saying it "would continue to monitor the way in which the word marriage is used", adding that "dictionaries reflect changes in the use of language, rather than changes in law”. So there.

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Author: Oxford Dictionaries
Price: $14.64
Publisher: Oxford University Press (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, pages
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Author: Merriam-Webster
Price: $18.46
Publisher: Merriam-Webster, Inc. (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 1664 pages
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