Give me information
Give me long distance
Give me heaven...
Give me Webster on the line
I CAN HEAR the Manhattan Transfer singers in my head, calling for Webster. Noah that is, the dictionary guy, the lexicographer. However, he may be busy -- turning over.
It made headlines all over the world. Just about one week ago in California, the unthinkable happened. The Menifee Union School District decided that the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary was unfit for young eyes and it yanked all copies from the shelves of its elementary schools.
Some said a phrase in the dictionary found by an inquisitive student was nasty, racy. The school district called it "age-inappropriate."
LOOK IT UP
The words were: "oral sex." The definition: "oral stimulation of the genitals."