When you get to my age seeing the pearl-clutchers swoon angrily over dictionaries having the temerity to change something gets old, especially when it’s yet another round of people just showing that they don’t understand what lexicographers actually do.
As I just mentioned on the current Media Circus thread, there’s a fine collection of prescriptivist hyperventilation on display on this ABC story, if you happen to have not seen the phenomenon in full flight before: Gillard’s speech prompts misogyny definition rethink.
I imagine comments on other sites are following the same old ignorant trend.
Serendipitous tangential reading: While looking for an illustration for this post I came across In KM… Volume Doesn’t Equal Value: Descriptive vs Prescriptive Approaches to Knowledge Management, which goes into some deeper theory on differing values of prescriptivist vs descriptivist classification systems elsewhere. I think I want to read the James Gleick book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood referenced there – I loved his book on Chaos Theory years ago.