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.
@MerriamWebster Merriam-Webster quickly *becoming the MVP of Twitter trolling. ❤
— Karen Lytle (@karenlytle711) April 11, 2017
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.
📈'Volunteer' means “someone who does something without being forced to do it.” https://t.co/qNAcMyplhZ
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 11, 2017
@MerriamWebster I see what you did there.
— Abby (@abbyelliotts) April 11, 2017
— Jack Sterne (@JRSterne) April 11, 2017
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.
@MerriamWebster "Voluntold" is useful.
— Dan Rosart (@_Torgen) April 11, 2017
— Jennifer Mulligan (@mizmulligan) April 11, 2017
— Raging Brains (@ragingbrains) April 11, 2017
— aileen™ (@aileen206) April 11, 2017
— Terry Thomas (@kannibal25) April 11, 2017
— Teal (@sirenidica) April 11, 2017
— Rakésh (@Rakesh_WinServ) April 11, 2017
— Psychosnowflake (@psychosnowflake) April 11, 2017
— T. Charleston (@TobyCharleston) April 11, 2017
— MA Cat (@CatalanoMa) April 11, 2017
@MerriamWebster Do you have to be conscious to volunteer? Asking for a doctor in Louisville
— James Derk (@JamesDerk) April 11, 2017
— Brian (@d_b_myers) April 11, 2017
@MerriamWebster You'll need to add a new definition for "re-accommodate." It's slang for mercilessly beating paying customers.
— Andrew Craft (@acraft) April 11, 2017
@MerriamWebster When even the dictionary is taking shots at you then you know ya messed up
— Andy Rexford (@andyrexford) April 11, 2017
— Michael Gesme (@fauxlifecoach) April 11, 2017
— E W D (@ewmda) April 11, 2017