violence = 'personal or social domination of any kind'

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Nov 13 21:18:14 UTC 2010

On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 2:17 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> I am not sure how seriously you may want to consider to update language
> dictionaries based on post-modernist usage. Such basic words as "power",
> "gift", "other" will need updates then as well. Perhaps it's best to
> leave these to jargon dictionaries--philosophy, critical theory,
> sociology, anthropology, cognitive science.

The po-mo sense of "other", at least, is pretty well covered by OED3
sense 9 (and the related verb entry), though its origins are in
pre-po-mo philosophy.


Ben Zimmer

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