“Oral Sex” Gets Dictionary Yanked from Schools


The Menifee Union School District in Riverside County, CA removed copies Merriam Webster’s 10th edition from all school shelves earlier this week over the term “oral sex,”–which was added in 1973–after one parent complained. The dictionary defines the term as

oral stimulation of the genitals : cunnilingus, fellatio

District spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told that school officials will review the dictionary to decide if it should be permanently banned because of the “sexually graphic” entry.

Um, there are other “sexually graphic” terms in the dictionary, too, Ms. Cadmus. And the school will be searching for them! Cadmus said:

It’s just not age appropriate. It’s hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we’ll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature.

Emanuel Chavez, the parent of second- and sixth-grade students has a different perspective:

If the kids are exposed to it, it’s up to the parents to explain it to them at their level.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.