Merriam-Webster changed the definition of “anti-vaxxer” into “a person who opposes the use of vaccines or regulations mandating vaccination.” from the previous definition of “a person who opposes vaccination or laws that mandate vaccination”.
The change seems subtle and minor but allows politicians, media and experts to label even those that are vaccinated against Covid-19 as anti-vaxxers because they are pro-vaccine but anti mandate. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the shared belief was that when you referred to an “anti-vaxxer,” you were referring to someone opposed to “all vaccines” and the mandating of “all vaccines.”
In its updated definition, Merriam-Webster is saying that you don’t have to oppose all vaccines to be an anti-vaxxer. So now, if you oppose a single vaccine or a single vaccine mandate but are perfectly fine with all the others, you are still an “anti-vaxxer.”
Merriam-Webster is now telling the world that you are an anti-vaxxer if you oppose the mandating of the Covid-19 vaccines for five-year-olds.
Institutions are manipulating the language to serve Statism to desecrate honest and open debate. It is a deliberate action to redefine words so that open discussion and clarity are eliminated.
The word “anti-vaxxer” is now basically meaningless, it used to be precise in its meaning, i.e. people who opposed any vaccine; people who refused to have their kids vaccinated, even for things like measles and polio, however now in order to serve the cause of Statism, Merriam-Webster has deliberately rendered it meaningless and imprecise.
If you oppose the state, you are now an “anti-vaxxer.”
Institutions manipulating the language to serve Statism are dangerous, very dangerous.