ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – An online thesaurus deleted a listing for the word “Arab” on Monday after Arab-American groups complained the entry included derogatory synonyms.
The entry, which appeared on thesaurus.com, listed the word as a noun meaning “beggar” and gave 16 pejorative synonyms including “homeless person” and “welfare bum.”
The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee contacted the synonym book’s online publisher Friday to complain about the entry. The American Arab Forum also criticized the listing on Monday.
sponsored Jargon is confusing, by definition. And the financial world has its own set of cryptic words.