July 22, 2018

Dictionary.com didn't throw shade at Kylie Jenner. It actually made an important point.

Dictionary.com didn't throw shade at Kylie Jenner. It actually made an important point.There's a difference between throwing shade and making an important point.  When Dictionary.com tweeted out a definition of the word "self-made" it was accused of the former. But, was it really throwing shade, or was this simply a distinction that needed to be made? SEE ALSO: Dictonary.com just came for Roseanne Barr and her racist comments On Wednesday, Kylie Jenner's first Forbes cover was unveiled. "At 21, she's set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire," reads the cover. "Welcome to the era of extreme fame leverage." In the piece, Forbes discusses how Jenner — a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family — built a "900 million fortune in less than 3 years."  Not long after, Dictionary.com quote-tweeted Forbes alongside a definition of the word "self-made."  "Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided," reads the definition.  Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided. Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman. https://t.co/sr8Ncd7s5A https://t.co/ehEL7Cf6KV — Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) July 11, 2018 People on Twitter were quick to call shade. But, was Dictionary.com really throwing shade at Jenner?  THE SHADE?????? https://t.co/h8WNspphgd — DdaengTan (@missemvi) July 12, 2018 When the dictionary throws shade at you ?????? https://t.co/YbFZ7EQ3OU — ?????? GraveyardBetty?????? (@graveyard_betty) July 12, 2018 Dictionary, show me the definition of "savage" https://t.co/J4PMytUtah — Karisa Maxwell (@KarisaMaxwell) July 11, 2018 Dictionary.com pointed out that searches of the word "self-made" were up by 18,628 percent on dictionary.com on Wednesday, suggesting curiosity might have been aroused about the word's true meaning.  Writer Roxane Gay stated that it wasn't actually shade to point out that Jenner "isn't self-made." "She grew up in a wealthy, famous family," wrote Gay. "Her success is commendable but it comes by virtue of her privilege." It is not shade to point out that Kylie Jenner isn’t self-made. She grew up in a wealthy, famous family. Her success is commendable but it comes by virtue of her privilege. Words have meanings and it behooves a dictionary to remind us of that. https://t.co/2HzIJbLb8q — roxane gay (@rgay) July 11, 2018 "Words have meanings and it behooves a dictionary to remind us of that," she added.  Gay has a very good point. What are dictionaries for, if not to inform us of words' correct meaning? WATCH: The first queen of 'Medieval Times' is ushering in a new era of representation


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