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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:42 AM

Oxford English Dictionary updates definition of 'Yid' Antisemitism has been normalized.

A debate has broken out following the Oxford English Dictionary’s (OED) decision to expand its definition of the word “Yid”.

The word is typically used to refer to both Jewish people – albeit one that many find offensive – and supporters of Tottenham Football Club.

Now, the OED definition has been updated to include the latter meaning, “a supporter of or player for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club".

However, the move has been met with opposition – including from the football club in question.


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Reply Oxford English Dictionary updates definition of 'Yid' Antisemitism has been normalized. (Original post)
grossproffit Feb 2020 OP
MosheFeingold Feb 2020 #1

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 12:21 PM

1. Tottenham?!

Never heard of it. Very insulting.

Now, the METS, that's the team all self-respecting Jewish people must support.

(Back in the 1960's "Met's fan" was code for "Jew". Not sure if that is true anymore. But I love my Mets. So I don't care.)

In seriousness, the upper-class English, in particular those who go to boarding schools, always have had a strain of overly-polite antisemitism. No doubt the products of these elite institutions work at OED.

As an aside, Hermine Granger (Harry Potter) was originally written as a Jewish character -- I can even post the page and line where Hagrid talks about Harry and Hagrid celebrate Christmas -- while asking about "her" holidays. The entire "mudblood" plot line was a parallel about the persecution of Jewish people. Having Hermione openly Jewish was quietly trashed by the editor/publisher -- who, undoubtedly are upper-class twits who went to school with the OED editors.

("Dentist", btw, is code for "Jewish" in England. Not sure why, but apparently lots of Jewish people are dentists in England. I guess we looked at those English teeth and saw a market. Hermione's parents are, yes, dentists.)

She resurrected this plot line a bit in the movies based in the USA -- where Jewishness was not particularly an issue.

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