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Macquarie Dictionary Seems To Be Confused About The Definition Of 'Word'

Alexa, what is the definition of irony?

Macquarie Dictionary has this thing where they pick a “word of the year” every December that’s been the most accurate reflection of the past year’s Zeitgeist. For 2019, it decided the word of the year that most encapsulated those 12 months is none other than *drumroll please* “cancel culture.”

An overarching theme that defined 2019 was how everyone was increasingly trying to hold people, from entitled Hollywood types to crappy men, accountable for their problematic behaviour and “cancel culture” is a pretty good summary of this trend.

But there’s just one problem with Macquarie Dictionary’s selection: it isn’t a goddamn word, it’s two separate words.

You’d think that an institution dedicated to the preservation of the English language like Macquarie Dictionary would know what the definition of “word” means, but apparently it’s pretty flexible on how the language works.

Hell, in the post explaining how it picks its word of the year, the company even says it decides “on a single Word of the Year for the year that has passed” and it looks “at all the new words and new definitions that have entered the Macquarie Dictionary in the past year.”

But in a touch of irony that carries shades of those who have been called out by “cancel culture,” Macquarie Dictionary are eschewing accountability and doubling down on the decision to go with two separate words instead of one, stating that “technically, it’s a lexical term.”

What’s more slightly irritating is Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year honourable mentions list. With equally applicable words like “eco-anxiety,” “ngangkari” and “thicc,” why did they have to go with the one word that isn’t even one word?

Now this isn’t the first time that Macquarie Dictionary have played jump rope with the definition of “word.” 2018 saw “Me Too” be named word of the year while 2017 had “milkshake duck” be bestowed the increasinly-inaccurate honour so don’t expect Macquarie Dictionary to change its modus operandi any time soon.

Two K-Pop Stars Have Been Jailed For Sexual Assault, Yet Fans Are Fighting With Each Other

Some fans would rather clarify the correct music genre than respecting the victims.

WARNING: This article discusses sexual assault and rape.

In a high-profile ruling from the South Korean courts (as per The Guardian), K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon have been sentenced to six and five years in prison respectively over charges of gang rape.

Both Jung Joon-young, a solo artist, and Choi Jong-hoon, a former member of the boy band FT Island, were found guilty of gang-raping two different victims on two occasions in 2016. Additionally, Jung was also also convicted of filming himself having sex with other women without their knowledge and subsequently sharing the footage without their consent.

According to the BBC, the pair will also have to do 80 hours of sexual violence treatment courses and are barred from ever working with children.

The verdict handed down by the Seoul Central District Court rejected the pair’s claim that the sexual encounters were consensual, stating (via Yahoo) that:

“Jung and Choi took part in gang rape of victims who were intoxicated and unable to resist.

“It is hard to fathom the extent of suffering the victims must have gone through.”

The verdict stated that the pair perceived the victims only as “sexual objects” to be exploited and declared “They should assume social responsibility in proportion to their fame and wealth.”

Needless to say that the conviction ruling of both Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon caused ripples among K-pop fans due to the high-profile nature of the case. However the reaction of some leaves much to be desired as some decided to get into petty online spats or just straight up trolling with each other rather than show respect to the victims.

But perhaps the most egregious comments are the ones unironically trying to clarify that Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon are actually K-rock stars rather than K-pop and folks should get that straightened out.

Yes, because clarifying the music genre is the most pressing issue in this case.

In a conservative country like South Korea, the minimum sentence for rape is three years. However, many people commented on the duration of the sentences for Choi and Jung and claimed the penalties are too lenient when compared to what the victims faced.

The sentencing of Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon is the latest incident in what’s been one of the biggest sex scandals in recent South Korean and K-pop memory, colloquially named the Burning Sun scandal.

Both Jung and Choi were reportedly only caught when Korean authorities were investigating a separate instance of illegal activity involving former Big Bang member, Seungri.

If you, or anyone you know needs someone to talk to, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be This 82-Year-Old Badass Who Beat Up An Intruder

It's not the years, it's the mileage.

From having an 83-year-old granny who has her way with fkbois to the increasing number of kickass grannies appearing on TV and film, old ladies have been getting stuff done recently. And now we have a new entry to the “badass grannies” list: an 82-year-old woman who took down a would-be home intruder with her bare hands.

Respect your elders.

According to WHAM-TV, 82-year-old Willie Murphy was about to go to bed one night when a drunk chap started pounding on her door and demanding he be let in. After calling the police, Murphy was forced to spring into action when the dude broke through her front door.

The ensuing confrontation turned out to be a one-sided beat down for the ages… in favour of Murphy that is. She may be an 82-year-old lady who stands at only 152cm and weighs 47kg, but she also happens to be the 2018 World Natural Powerlifting Federation Upstate New York champ.

Chatting to Democrat and Chronicle, Murphy says she attacked the man with a stool and hit him so hard she broke the stool. As the bloke laid disoriented on the ground, she poured shampoo in his eyes before she continued wailing on him with a broom.

As Murphy was kicking the crap out of the intruder, she had only one thought going through her head: “If it’s my time to go to hell, I’m taking him with me!”

Damn, that’s awesome.

By the time the police arrived at Murphy’s house, the dude was ready for an ambulance (which was eventually called for him). The cops were so impressed that they stayed back behind and asked for a few photos with Murphy because it’s not everyday you meet an 82-year-old badass.

But the thing that sealed Murphy’s position in the “Badass grannies Hall of Fame” was the thing was her response after the intruder was taken away. When asked about whether she would press charges against the guy, she decided no because he’s paid for his crime already, saying “I already sent him to the hospital.”

Yep that settles it. When I grow up, I want to be cool as Willie Murphy.

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