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Posted on 12/28/2005 10:28:26 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper

inferno

n 1: any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas is the pits"; [syn: hell, hell on earth, hellhole, snake pit, the pits]

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=inferno


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I am not sure exactly how big dictionary.com is though it's my impression that it's used by many people, including myself until I saw the totally outrageous and completely unacceptable definition given for "inferno". Below is the letter that I sent to them. Dictionary.com actually gets their material from other sources, in this case Princeton University who I sent this complaint letter to as well heaping even extra shame on them.

I hope everyone will join me in complaining to them until they change it to something other than a spiteful attack on the Christian Faith.

The contact information for dictionary.com can be easily found on their website, the people at Princeton seem to like to hide (in typical liberal fashion) but i found an email address that can be used for such purposes: suggest@princeton.edu

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I looked up the word "inferno" on dictionary.com. An entry I see is giving an example of "inferno" defining it as "when you're alone Christmas is the pits". The source you are providing for this entry is "Wordnet" by Princeton University.

With all the hundreds of examples and possible definitions anyone could have given for "inferno", the writers had to bend over backwards to come up with a "Christmas" sentence. Shame on you for using this entry, what you and they are effectively doing by providing this example is taking the birth of Christ (Christmas) and shoving it into the definition of hell. You know what you are doing is wrong, now fix it asap and remove the inexcusable Princeton University definition as well as review all your other Princeton reference materials.

In addition, I for one have actually spent one Christmas alone and it was nowhere near an "inferno". There is more to Christmas than being with people, there is also spirituality involved, and this is very insulting to religious people. It is extremely spiteful and Anti-Christian.

I will be forwarding this to the freerepublic.com message boards and advise all my friends and family against using your website until the entry is changed to a definition that is not so outrageously insulting to any segment of the world community.

1 posted on 12/28/2005 10:28:26 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Do I have to boycott their daily crossword puzzle too?


2 posted on 12/28/2005 10:31:43 AM PST by groanup (Shred for Ian)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I usually go to m-w.com, but I haven't looked up "inferno."


3 posted on 12/28/2005 10:32:21 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Hmmmm. Well, this may not be THE dumbest thread ever started on FR, but it's up there.


4 posted on 12/28/2005 10:33:10 AM PST by TheBigB ("Hey, barkeep, whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?"--Brian Griffin)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

n. pl. in·fer·nos
A place or condition suggestive of hell, especially with respect to human suffering or death: the inferno of battle.
A place of fiery heat or destruction.

You've survived FR almost a year. Goodbye troll.


5 posted on 12/28/2005 10:33:22 AM PST by DuckFan4ever (Happy New Year!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Try Merriam-Webster instead.

inferno

One entry found for inferno.

Main Entry: in·fer·no
Pronunciation: in-'f&r-(")nO
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -nos
Etymology: Italian, hell, from Late Latin infernus
: a place or a state that resembles or suggests hell ; also : intense heat

6 posted on 12/28/2005 10:33:27 AM PST by holymoly (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Maybe you should just buy a nice dead-tree Webster's, and switch to decaf. It will add years to your life. Fighting everything you find offensive on the internet is like tilting at windmills.


7 posted on 12/28/2005 10:33:32 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SittinYonder

m-w.com:

Main Entry: in·fer·no
Pronunciation: in-'f&r-(")nO
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -nos
Etymology: Italian, hell, from Late Latin infernus
: a place or a state that resembles or suggests hell (the inferno of war); also : intense heat (the roaring inferno of the blast furnace)

No birth of Christ mentioned.


8 posted on 12/28/2005 10:34:43 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: TheBigB

Is it possible to boycott something you've never heard of or use or care about?


9 posted on 12/28/2005 10:34:45 AM PST by BullDog108 ("Conservatives believe in God. Liberals think they are God." ---Ann Coulter)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
... a spiteful attack on the Christian Faith.

A bit of a stretch, IMHO.

10 posted on 12/28/2005 10:35:32 AM PST by dighton
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To: DuckFan4ever

If you scroll down farther, you'll see where it mentions
"Christmas." I almost missed it too.


11 posted on 12/28/2005 10:35:52 AM PST by jdm (I'm not blunting.)
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To: TheBigB
"Hmmmm. Well, this may not be THE dumbest thread ever started on FR, but it's up there."

You're obviously so dumbstruck that you fail to extrapolate.

How dumb is that?
12 posted on 12/28/2005 10:36:58 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
While the Christmas reference seems irrelevant to the word in question, I would imagine being alone on Christmas really is the pitts. You really seem to be grasping for something to bitch about.
13 posted on 12/28/2005 10:37:27 AM PST by lesser_satan
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I've spent a Christmas alone before, and let me tell you it was the worse day ever in my life. So if it true that that was hell then I may start going to church on Sunday.

I don't see the outrage, but I guess I could be missing the zinger.


14 posted on 12/28/2005 10:37:32 AM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

And Christmas IS the pits when you are alone.

15 posted on 12/28/2005 10:38:30 AM PST by socal_parrot (The diet starts today!)
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To: SittinYonder

I don't know what I'd do without this little baby:


http://www.m-w.com/button/


16 posted on 12/28/2005 10:38:33 AM PST by Howlin (Defeatism may have its partisan uses, but it is not justified by the facts. - GWB, 12/18/05)
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To: TheBigB

Much to do about nothing?


17 posted on 12/28/2005 10:39:45 AM PST by HardStarboard
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Whatever, scooter.


18 posted on 12/28/2005 10:39:53 AM PST by TheBigB ("Hey, barkeep, whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?"--Brian Griffin)
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To: DuckFan4ever

Dictionary.com.
"inferno

n 1: any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas is the pits"; [syn: hell, hell on earth, hellhole, snake pit, the pits] 2: a very intense and uncontrolled fire [syn: conflagration] 3: (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit" [syn: Hell, perdition, I"
That is rather odd!


19 posted on 12/28/2005 10:40:02 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: DuckFan4ever

It's there, you just have to scroll down:


inferno

n 1: any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas is the pits"; [syn: hell, hell on earth, hellhole, snake pit, the pits] 2: a very intense and uncontrolled fire [syn: conflagration] 3: (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit" [syn: Hell, perdition, Inferno, infernal region, nether region, the pit] [ant: Heaven]


20 posted on 12/28/2005 10:40:08 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

But that isn't the entry on Dictionary.com!

This is:

in·fer·no Audio pronunciation of "inferno" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (n-fûrn)
n. pl. in·fer·nos

1. A place or condition suggestive of hell, especially with respect to human suffering or death: the inferno of battle.
2. A place of fiery heat or destruction.


source = The American Heritage Dictionary


21 posted on 12/28/2005 10:40:11 AM PST by petro45acp (SUPPORT/BE YOUR LOCAL SHEEPDOG! ("On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs" by Dave Grossman))
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To: BullDog108

That is what I was wondering. I have never, ever heard of this site.


22 posted on 12/28/2005 10:40:16 AM PST by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
I've spent a Christmas alone before, and let me tell you it was the worse day ever in my life

Not the worst day of my life, but I walked miles around the city desperately seeking an open tavern. You'd think there'd be one heathen bar owner out there....

23 posted on 12/28/2005 10:40:30 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: BullDog108

I am with you on that. I was on a post and this guy was begging us to boycott the new show Story of David and everyone was like...no, we are not boycotting something we don't watch. People are so rediculous something. This guy has nothing better to do that waste his time trying to find some stupid word that he can make sound bad. I don't now or ever use dictionary.com. So I will not be boycotting this.


24 posted on 12/28/2005 10:41:21 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: TheBigB
Well, this may not be THE dumbest thread ever started on FR, but it's up there.

Almost a guaranteed 200+ posts. LOL!

25 posted on 12/28/2005 10:41:34 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: petro45acp

oops, my bust, missed the scroll down.

"...never mind..." (Emily Latella)


26 posted on 12/28/2005 10:41:47 AM PST by petro45acp (SUPPORT/BE YOUR LOCAL SHEEPDOG! ("On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs" by Dave Grossman))
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Also, you should try to confine such inane vanity posts to Bloggers and Personal or General Chat.


27 posted on 12/28/2005 10:43:03 AM PST by lesser_satan
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To: Howlin
I don't know what I'd do without this little baby:

I use it all the time.

28 posted on 12/28/2005 10:43:42 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: TheBigB

"Well, this may not be THE dumbest thread ever started on FR, but it's up there."

This is what happens when you're alone on Christmas. Myself, I'm throwing out my Webster because of its explanation for "nutjob." I think I now have a good working example of the term.


29 posted on 12/28/2005 10:43:43 AM PST by toddlintown (Lennon takes six bullets to the chest, Yoko is standing right next to him and not one f'ing bullet?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I don't think they were being disrespectful. They were using it in a contextual way, many dictionaries do that and have for decades.............


30 posted on 12/28/2005 10:43:53 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: BullDog108
Is it possible to boycott something you've never heard of or use or care about?

Sure, it is. I do it all the time without even trying.

31 posted on 12/28/2005 10:44:24 AM PST by far sider
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Please wake me up when I give a damn....

wait a second....


32 posted on 12/28/2005 10:44:35 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Expect a Thread tonight and the following nights as we progress into the better bowls.....)
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To: TheBigB
“Scooter” is a vicious and hateful attack on European transport.

;-)

33 posted on 12/28/2005 10:44:58 AM PST by dighton
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Don't boycott Dictionary.com. That would be like boycotting FR for printing the Dictionary.com citation.

BOYCOTT PRINCETON.


34 posted on 12/28/2005 10:46:36 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This is guaranteed to eat up bandwidth..........I'll do my part........


35 posted on 12/28/2005 10:47:25 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
This appears to be just something that got by the editor at dictionary.com?

It appears to be the version of how the writer felt being alone themself at Christmas. The person seems to be describing how depressed they are using an Inferno as a metaphor of how sad Christmas can be without friends and family.

Thats what I get from reading it.
36 posted on 12/28/2005 10:47:36 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: Berlin_Freeper
You want to boycott dictionary.reference.com because one statement in one definition from one of two references they use is a poor one?

"when you're alone Christmas is the pits"

Sorry, but I don't see a spitefull attack on Christinaity there.

Being alone on Christmas is extremely depressing and there are a lot of suicides during the Christmas holliday season due to this.

I don't thing the depression and inner turmoil that can be caused by being alone during Christmas or an holiday season is a example of the state of turmoil that would fall under the definition of inferno.

It's a poorly written definition. However, you're reaching really far to call this an attack on Christianity, and even farther to place the blame for this on dictionary.reference.com.

You also want to boycott the site because of the definition of one word in the dictionary?

You're working too hard at being offended.

37 posted on 12/28/2005 10:47:40 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: petro45acp

The PU entry is the second entry. Dictionary.com cites multiple sources.

I use Dictionary.com at times in FR posts to explain that words mean things. Words used by trolls and words used by "journalists".


38 posted on 12/28/2005 10:48:22 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: dighton

I find the third, fifth, and ninth letters in Berlin_Freeper's name to be a hate-filled and spiteful attack on Christianity. =)


39 posted on 12/28/2005 10:48:39 AM PST by TheBigB ("Hey, barkeep, whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?"--Brian Griffin)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

How does it define "anal"?


40 posted on 12/28/2005 10:49:19 AM PST by bkepley
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To: Berlin_Freeper

When you are alone, NEW YEAR'S is the pits. Especially when those around are getting midnight kisses.


41 posted on 12/28/2005 10:49:51 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
BOYCOTT dictionary.com

Great idea!!!

42 posted on 12/28/2005 10:50:07 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Over it is not, until over it is." -- Yoda Berra)
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To: Mr. Bird

"Not the worst day of my life, but I walked miles around the city desperately seeking an open tavern. You'd think there'd be one heathen bar owner out there...."

LOL!
I guess spirit chuggers don't deserve any cheer.
BTW, if it happens again find an Irish Pub they're always open. ;)


43 posted on 12/28/2005 10:51:46 AM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Get a life.


45 posted on 12/28/2005 10:54:26 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: TonyRo76
Besides, if by "alone" they mean single/unmarried/unattached, then yes Christmas most certainly is the pits! Just like most of mine have been. Including this one :,(

Don't cry, Tony.

I'll marry you.

Kissee kissee kissee


46 posted on 12/28/2005 10:55:01 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Over it is not, until over it is." -- Yoda Berra)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Without Dictionary.com and Spell Check I would be in a Inferno.


47 posted on 12/28/2005 10:55:26 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: Jeff Chandler
Get a life.

Don't give him mine!

48 posted on 12/28/2005 10:56:57 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Over it is not, until over it is." -- Yoda Berra)
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To: april15Bendovr

What a waste of a thread here Freepers....


49 posted on 12/28/2005 10:59:19 AM PST by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: tflabo
'S still fun to mock the anal-retentive freeper who posted it.

Look for the gift.

50 posted on 12/28/2005 11:00:20 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Over it is not, until over it is." -- Yoda Berra)
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