American Heritage Dictionary Revises "Anchor Baby" Definition; Clarifies Offensive, Derogatory Nature

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Steven Kleinedler, executive director of the American Heritage Dictionary, took note when Immigration Policy Center criticized its definition of "anchor baby."

Kleinedler says American heritage will tweak the definition of the phrase for the third printing of the dictionary's Fifth Edition by noting that it is an offensive and derogatory term. He acknowledges that it "should have been done in the first place."

He wrote on New Times' initial blog post the other day that he'd been in contact with the executive director of the Immigration Policy Center "to discuss her very valid points" and that "a revision to the definition is in order, and the editorial staff and I are working on this."
"When I first read the blog post at Immigration Impact, I knew immediately that a revision would be order," Kleinedler says. "I didn't need anyone to convince me. It was an obvious error that needed to be rectified, and so that is what we did."

The revised definition:
n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a child born to a noncitizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, especially when the child's birthplace is thought to have been chosen in order to improve the mother's or other relatives' chances of securing eventual citizenship.

The original definition:
n. A child born to a noncitizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, especially such a child born to parents seeking to secure eventual citizenship for themselves and often other members of their family.

Immigration Policy Center director Mary Giovagnoli first blogged at criticizing the definition of "anchor baby."

"This masks the poisonous and derogatory nature of the term, a term which demeans both parent and child and in the process suggests that it is acceptable to call a child born in the U.S--i.e. an American citizen--an "anchor baby," Giovagnoli wrote.

Kleinedler tells New Times that the term was included in the latest edition because the "phrase has been used in widespread national media coverage without an explanation of what the term means."

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Sorry but not all "Americans" find the term offensive in the least.  If you need to label this as "offensive" perhaps you need to label exactly which people find the term "offensive."  Then you need to change the title of your book because it is no longer accurate.  I was taught not to criticize unless I can offer positive solutions - where is the alternate "acceptable term being presented?  So when the feminists pointed out that labeling a woman's availability with the titles Mrs. or Miss was offensive and really nobody's business they proposed a new title, Ms., which allows the woman to conduct her business without the entanglements created by the other labels.  I expect no less from the complainers about the term "anchor baby."

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Everybody...let's all throw up over this contrived injustice to people who have committed a federal crime by being in this country.   Why don't you talk about something that matters?   This crap just keeps on giving.    It's just another game played by the media darlings to inject hatred into our lives.    I tell you what..let's hate the media instead.   They deserve it.    Brown and white people don't need the hate that the media seeds into our lives.    The media is pure and simple evil.   Conniving, lying, instigating worthless conjuctions of sperm and egg.   Now that's a definition for you Steve.   I demand that you include it just like the Office for Irrational Illegal Behavior and Policy Enforcement did.

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