Book markets drugs to British children, more

In Britain, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline commissioned and distributed a special “Mr Men” children’s book to promote its anti-allergy products. (“Mr Men” evidently is a popular series in the U.K.) British law “prohibits promotion of medicine to children, even an over-the-counter drug that does not need a prescription.”

In the face of an investigation, the company is arguing that the book is a “good way of informing families of allergies.”

Robert Hartwell Fiske calls the creators of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Eleventh Edition, “laxicographers.” According to Fiske:

the Merriam-Webster staff remind us that dictionaries merely record how people use the language, not necessarily how it ought to be used. Some dictionaries, and certainly this new Merriam-Webster, actually promote illiteracy.

(Via A & L Daily.)

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