Friday, July 4, 2014
The National Party's Dictionary
The National Party uses a dictionary that is foreign to mine because it obviously has different meanings for a number of words. I have used the meanings from my large Reader's Digest 'Word Power' dictionary (written in conjunction with with the Oxford Press) for a comparison:
Anthropogenic Climate Change
RD/Oxford Press: originating in human activity
National: Gerry Brownlee, "...is an interesting concept." Bill English, "...we should uncritically follow the the Green's extreme views about these things, well, many of us don't."
RD/Oxford Press: Preservation or restoration of the natural environment and wildlife.
National: "Conservation leadership for a prosperous New Zealand." (Victoria Forest Park)
RD/Oxford Press: Seek information and advice from, or seek permission or approval from.
National: Just telling others what will happen (Phillipstown School, Woman's Refuge, Gisborne District Council, Education profession).
RD/Oxford Press: A building for human habitation.
National: An aspirational possibility only for many and a source of capital gain for a few.
RD/Oxford Press: Look after kindly and protectively.
National: Unless you are a beneficiary and the child is over three years.
RD/Oxford Press: The state of being very poor.
Paula Bennett, National: "...actually children move in and out of poverty at times on a weekly basis."
RD/Oxford press: A large natural flow of water traveling along a channel to the sea, a lake or another river.
National: Something for wading and boating and irrigating dairy farms.
I got the idea from Ambrose Bierce's classic The Devil's Dictionary written between 1881 and 1906.
Beirce's definition for politician: n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organised society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail as the trembling of the edifice.