Change the Definition of "pimp" to a realistic definition
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Change the Definition of "pimp" to a realistic definition

    1. Danielle D
    2. Petition by

      Danielle D

      Springfield Township, NJ

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May 2013

Victory

From Petition Organizer: After many people signing and sending letters, articles, and opinions to Merriam-Webster, we were able to get them to confirm the definition is no longer relative or current and will be changed in the next edition! We have CHANGED HISTORY! Every person who signed had a hand is this decision. This shows current victims and survivors that we are working hard to cause awareness on this issue and that we care! It means more than anyone could know to me and I feel better knowing that soon people will no longer see the old (current) definition, if you can call it that! Thank you all so much!

Human trafficking is an on-going issue, all over the US. As a survivor trafficked in Boston, MA, I am working to spread awareness. The word "pimp" is defined by Merriam-Webster as: "a man who solicits clients for a prostitute." This is not realistic at all. Pimps use fear, force, and coersion to abduct human beings and sell their bodies for money. They are usually violent and abusive, and can use various tactics to keep the human beings under their control. The pimp never solicits anyone; they exhert as little energy as possible. It is up to the victims to do all the work. Pimps should be seen as the people they are! How can we expect people to understand sex trafficking when the definition of one of the main aspects is incorrect. This MUST be changed!! Please help me make this change!

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Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster
Maria, Editing
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Change the Definition of "pimp" to a realistic definition

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. HUGE BREAKTHROUGH!!!

      Danielle D
      Petition Organizer

      I received an email message from Merriam-Webster today. Here is what it read:

      "Thank you for your message regarding the definition of "pimp." We agree that the current definition is in need of updating and are researching the matter further. We expect the definition to be changed when the dictionary is next revised. Thank you again for helping to bring this matter to our attention

      Merriam-Webster Editorial Department"

      So there it is! Now, we have to find out when the new edition will be coming out, What the new definition will say, and when the online definition can be changed, but WE HAVE DONE IT!!! Not sure if I should mark my petition as a VICTORY until we see what the definition is. Merriam-Webster has heard us and has given us their word that the definition will be changed! Thank you all so much! I will continue to follow up with them to get more information! I am so proud that we have hit this mark!

      Danielle Douglas

    2. Only one Email Address works! -Don't forget to add the petition link

      Danielle D
      Petition Organizer

      Attention All, it has been brought to my attention that the irs@merriam-webster.com is not a working email address. Please do not try to send anything to that address. Please continue to send any and everything to the following MSansalone@merriam-webster.com email address. Thank you all for continuing to support this issue. I am constantly trying to get more news agencies to cover this but I have not had too many bites. I'll keep trying! Lets keep sending articles, names of books, anything that proves a more relevant definition! WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE! You are all amazing people and I am honored to be working with you! Please note, for some reason my email attached to the petition is not working. I am able to receive but not respond to the emails. Weird. I will try to respond as soon as I can.

      Thanks,

      Danielle

    3. Finally Spoke to Merriam-Webster!! WOW, OVER 20,000!

      Danielle D
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks 2 everyone that has signed the petition! I had no idea it would get this big! Today I finally spoke with someone @Merriam-Webster. She told me the best thing 2 do is 2 email them reading materials or the names of them & articles that prove our ideal definition of what a pimp is. They will not change the definition until they feel the current definition is no longer relevant. Obviously, it already is. I will b bombarding the below emails with the link 2 my petition & various articles etc that help 2 prove what the true definition of pimp really is! Please help me in email bombing them @ the following email addresses:
      MSansalone@merriam-webster.com
      If u can add my petition link 2 any email u send so they know it is related that would b amazing! I will b sending documents for the next 25 days in a row! P.S. I am thinking of coming 2 MA to deliver the petition 2 them directly. Would anyone b interested in joining me? I would try 2 get the news to cover it!

    4. Reached 20,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • John Archdale WHITE LAKE, MI
      • 8 months ago

      This is one small step to many more positives

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    • Edward Miller LEWES, DE
      • about 1 year ago

      A pimp is not someone to be looked up to.

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    • Stephen Court EDMONTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Semantics - the meaning of words - shapes our understanding. So an accurate definition will help us discuss this accurately. And that is a step toward removing this evil from the face of the earth. Jesus is strong to deliver. God help us all. Much grace.

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    • Lisa Coppola SOMERVILLE, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because abuse, coercion and torchor should not be accepted

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    • Lisa DeSherlia ST. LOUIS MO, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      Words and how they are defined have an impact on how we see things and react to them. Therefore, re-define the word "pimp" so you can be part of the solution to ending human trafficking instead of being part of the problem.

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