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AP Fact Check says Merriam-Webster's totally BS definition of 'anti-vaxxer' has been totally BS since 2018

The AP wants us to know that the Merriam-Webster definition of “anti-vaxxer” as “a person who opposes the use of vaccines or regulations mandating vaccination” is not related to the current pandemic and that this new definition is only a “small tweak from the previous language”:

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You see, this totally BS definition of “anti-vaxxer” that includes people who oppose vaccine mandates is from at least 2018. From the AP:

An archived version of the definition from November 2018 shows the definition of “anti-vaxxer” was “a person who opposes vaccination or laws that mandate vaccination.”

The current Merriam-Webster definition of “anti-vaxxer” is “a person who opposes the use of vaccines or regulations mandating vaccination.” The updated entry also adds after the main definition: “especially : a parent who opposes having his or her child vaccinated.”

In a statement to The Associated Press, Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster editor at large, said the initial entry for “anti-vaxxer” was added online on Feb. 28, 2018, and that it was revised this year, on Oct. 4, as “part of the regular updates to the online dictionary.”

“The reason for the change from ‘laws’ to ‘regulations’ is that overwhelming citational evidence shows that this term is used regarding vaccine policies for school districts, restaurants, concert venues, and bars, and that many of these policies are not laws,” Sokolowski said.

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Guys, you’ve missed the point:

And the is that there are many who are pro-vaccine but anti-mandate:

And moving from “laws” to “regulations” isn’t what we’d call a “small” tweak:

Yep:

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But, hey, keep up the good work, “thought police”:

 

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