The Merriam-Webster dictionary has expanded its definition of “anti-vaxxer” to include those who oppose mandatory jabs.
The full definition of ‘anti-vaxxer’ now states, “a person who opposes vaccination or laws that mandate vaccination.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary has changed their definition of 'anti-vaxxer' to include
'people who oppose laws that mandate vaccination'.
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— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) May 12, 2021
It’s not known when the change was made, although in doing so Merriam-Webster has labeled millions of people ‘anti-vaxxers’ even if they don’t consider themselves to be anti-vaccination in principle.
The expanded definition means that even those who don’t doubt the efficacy or safety of vaccines and personally take them, but simply oppose the government having the power to forcibly inject someone, are now “anti-vaxxers.”
Today I begin my new life as an anti-vaxxer https://t.co/XNSRYmTRZ2
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 12, 2021
“Today I begin my new life as an anti-vaxxer,” tweeted Matt Walsh.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary updated its definition of "anti-vaxxer" to include anyone who opposes mandatory vaccinations.
When the Left controls the language, they control the narrative.
— YAF (@yaf) May 12, 2021
“When the Left controls the language, they control the narrative,” pointed out the Young America’s Foundation.
Indeed, a poll conducted by Morning Consult in December found that only 21% of Americans supported mandatory vaccinations, which means that 79% of Americans are now anti-vaxxers, according to Merriam-Webster’s definition.
“Anti-vaxxer” was the most-searched definition Wednesday on Merriam-Webster’s website,” reports RT. “Users of the site posted comments under the definition, complaining of “politics in the dictionary.” One observer said, “I, along with most of America, do not believe that trusting vaccines is synonymous with mandating them. We can’t even trust the dictionary anymore.”
In light of the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination, the media has vehemently demonized “anti-vaxxers,” despite the AstraZeneca jab being pulled in several European countries due to its link to blood clots.
This is not the first time Merriam-Webster has changed definitions in a bid to amplify establishment narratives.
Last June, Merriam-Webster expanded its definition of “racism” to include “systemic oppression” of one racial group by another in response to a Black Lives Matter activist’s complaint.
Last October, the dictionary also edited its definition of “preference,” asserting that it was “offensive” to use it in the context of referring to someone’s “sexual preference.”