The Oxford University Press are the original publishers of Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novels for children. So it worries me greatly me to learn that in their most recent Junior English Dictionary they have removed a wealth of words about nature, many of which appear in those self-same books—and probably in other more recent children’s books which OUP are happy to profit from. They have removed:
adder, ass, beaver, boar, budgerigar, bullock, cheetah, colt, corgi, cygnet, doe, drake, ferret, gerbil, goldfish, guinea pig, hamster, heron, herring, kingfisher, lark, leopard, lobster, magpie, minnow, mussel, newt, otter, ox, oyster, panther, pelican, piglet, plaice, poodle, porcupine, porpoise, raven, spaniel, starling, stoat, stork, terrapin, thrush, weasel, wren.
acorn, allotment, almond, apricot, ash, bacon, beech, beetroot, blackberry, blacksmith, bloom, bluebell, bramble, bran, bray, bridle, brook, buttercup, canary, canter, carnation, catkin, cauliflower, chestnut, clover, conker, county, cowslip, crocus, dandelion, diesel, fern, fungus, gooseberry, gorse, hazel, hazelnut, heather, holly, horse chestnut, ivy, lavender, leek, liquorice, manger, marzipan, melon, minnow, mint, nectar, nectarine, oats, pansy, parsnip, pasture, poppy,porridge, poultry, primrose, prune, radish, rhubarb, sheaf, spinach, sycamore, tulip, turnip, vine, violet, walnut, willow
It is also astonishing that they have thrown out such words as:
carol, cracker, holly, ivy, mistletoe
dwarf, elf, goblin
abbey, aisle, altar, bishop, chapel, christen, disciple, minister, monastery, monk, nun, nunnery, parish, pew, psalm, pulpit, saint, sin, devil, vicar
Apparently they have made room for such words as these instead:
blog, broadband, MP3 player, voicemail, attachment, database, export, chatroom, bullet point, cut and paste, analogue
celebrity, tolerant, vandalism, negotiate, interdependent, creep, citizenship, childhood, conflict, common sense, debate,
EU, drought, brainy, boisterous, cautionary tale, bilingual, bungee jumping, committee, compulsory, cope, democratic,
allergic, biodegradable, emotion, dyslexic, donate, endangered, Euro
apparatus, food chain, incisor, square number, trapezium, alliteration, colloquial, idiom, curriculum, classify,
chronological, block graph
5 thoughts on “Rosemary Sutcliff’s original publisher OUP throw out nature words she uses from their children’s dictionary”
I’m preparing some of her books to use to teach my 8 year old homeschooled daughter British history next year. I have been struck by the large number of wonderful references to the natural world in her books. What a great way to see into the British countryside.
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Thanks for the kind words.
She loved the natural world-for an insight into why see Blue Remembered Hills-a memoir.
That’s horrible! Why would they even do that??? I fear that my generation will be ridiculously stupid.
This information is extraordinary,Who is responsible for this decisioin? I presume it is the editors of the OUP?
Thanks for information. I am horrified..