On Tuesday morning, the beloved Twitter account belonging to Merriam-Webster announced an open position for a Content and Social Media Manager. (”Must love words,” the account stipulated.)
Lauren Naturale, the last person to helm the job, captured the significance of the announcement succinctly: “If you’re one of the hundreds of people who’ve tweeted that they want my job, this is your chance!”
The job listing mentions that an ideal candidate should have, “3-5 years managing content production and social media,” and an “[a]bility to think both strategically and tactically.” What it doesn’t mention is a keen interest in correcting the grievous grammatical and linguistic errors made by Trump, his staff and his family, an activity the account is known to engage with.
After Kellyanne Conway said feminism “in the classic sense […] seems to be very anti-male,” Merriam-Webster flatly tweeted the dictionary’s definition of “feminism.” When Ivanka Trump said she “doesn’t know what it means to be complicit” in her father’s dealings, Merriam-Webster shared its definition of “complicit” on its channels. And, when Donald Trump referred to “carnage” in his inaugural address, Merriam-Webster shared that the word was its top-trending search.
So, potential candidates: if you believe in the power of words, and the ability to use words to hold those in power accountable, the dictionary, of all places, may be your ideal employer.
And if you’re one of Merriam-Webster’s ardent followers geeking out about the nature of the newly available job, we get it:
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