Oxford English Dictionary Will Change the Entry for ‘Marriage’

Sam Webb
Daily Mail
July 24, 2013

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The leading authority on the English language has confirmed that the definition of the word ‘marriage’ will be changed now a law allowing same-sex couples to get married has been passed.

Language experts at the Oxford English Dictionary said the definition did not change overnight but they will monitor how the word marriage changes over the next year.

An Oxford University Press spokeswoman said: ‘We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage.’

As it stands, OxfordDictionaries.com defines marriage as being a ‘formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognised by law, by which they become husband and wife.’

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