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However, it has many errors and biases.  Please add to this list as you discover more:
 
However, it has many errors and biases.  Please add to this list as you discover more:
  
The date for "[[eminent domain]]" is incorrect: 1883.  The term was used as early as 1125, and means the government seizure of private property for public use, such as to build a [[courthouse]] or [[highway]].
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The date for "[[eminent domain]]" is incorrect: 1883.  The term was used as early as 1125, and means the government seizure of private property for public benefit, such as to build a [[courthouse]], [[highway]] or [[shopping mall]].<ref>http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/60minutes/main575343.shtml</ref>
  
 
The date and description of [[pogrom]] is not precisely correct.  Merriam-Webster provides a date of 1903 and calls it an organized [[massacre]] of helpless people.  [[Pogrom]] is a [[Yiddish]] term used in [[Russian]] beginning in the late 1800s to describe an organized campaign of [[violence]] (not always a "massacre") against [[Jewish]] people in [[Russia]].
 
The date and description of [[pogrom]] is not precisely correct.  Merriam-Webster provides a date of 1903 and calls it an organized [[massacre]] of helpless people.  [[Pogrom]] is a [[Yiddish]] term used in [[Russian]] beginning in the late 1800s to describe an organized campaign of [[violence]] (not always a "massacre") against [[Jewish]] people in [[Russia]].

Revision as of 12:06, 28 June 2007

Merriam-Webster is the leading dictionary in America, and the descendant of Noah Webster's dictionaries.

However, it has many errors and biases. Please add to this list as you discover more:

The date for "eminent domain" is incorrect: 1883. The term was used as early as 1125, and means the government seizure of private property for public benefit, such as to build a courthouse, highway or shopping mall.[1]

The date and description of pogrom is not precisely correct. Merriam-Webster provides a date of 1903 and calls it an organized massacre of helpless people. Pogrom is a Yiddish term used in Russian beginning in the late 1800s to describe an organized campaign of violence (not always a "massacre") against Jewish people in Russia.

The entry for Yiddish is too narrow in describing it as only a language of Jewish residents and descendants of central and eastern Europe. Yiddish is spoken worldwide.

"Capital" is poorly defined as accumulated goods, or the value of those goods, or net worth. It is more commonly used to mean liquid assets such as cash, stocks, bonds that can be easily used to acquire goods and services.

The definition of group theory uses "group" to define itself! Worse, the definition is so vague as to be useless ("finding all mathematical groups and determining their properties").

For a criticism of the dictionary treatment of the "Common Era," see CE.

External Links

http://www.m-w.com

References

  1. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/60minutes/main575343.shtml