The folks at Merriam-Webster have been known to be a little sassy on social media now and then, picking up on words (or non-words) that are being abused online in the name of politics or punditry.

Monday’s word of the day was a clear shot at United Airlines, which took a PR beating online all day after video of a man being literally dragged off the plane after he refused to volunteer to give up his seat for crew members. “Refused to volunteer” must have had people scrambling for the dictionary to make sure that word thought what they thought it meant.

So, unless you do it without being forced, it’s not volunteering. To be fair, United’s CEO explained in an email that the staff on the flight followed the “involuntary denial of boarding process” once the voluntary route failed to produce the desired result.

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