There was a controversy involving the Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus at www.m-w.com . Objections were made to the word "pederast" turning up as a result of a search for "homosexual." Merriam-Webster subsequently removed "homosexual" from the online thesaurus.
It is still in the printed version, as I recently verified. However, it was not given as a synonym, but appeared after "rel," meaning it was a related word. The word "lesbian" was also given as a related word. Unfortunately, I cannot remember if any of the words given as synonyms in that entry were specific to male homosexuals. If they were, then either "lesbian" should have been given as a synonym rather than as a related word, or the specific meanings for a male homosexual should have been given as related words. (Anyone out there have a paper copy of the M-W thesaurus to clarify the matter?)
I took a look at several modern thesauruses to see if they contained "pederast" under the entry "homosexual." The smaller ones usually did not have "homosexual" as an entry. The larger ones included among the synonyms slur words, but none contained "pederast." One had "hermaphrodite" among the terms listed under the entry for "homosexual," which struck me as strange.

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I took a look at several modern thesauruses to see if they contained "pederast" under the entry "homosexual." The smaller ... none contained "pederast." One had "hermaphrodite" among the terms listed under the entry for "homosexual," which struck me as strange.

I tried "pederast" in the thesaurus of my favourite word processor, and it offered "peddle" and "pdesetrian". It had no entry.

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
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There was a controversy involving the Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus at www.m-w.com . Objections were made to the word "pederast" turning up as a result of a search for "homosexual."

Of course it's not the same thing but I thought a thesaurus usually pointed to lots of words that mean very different things from the original word. On the theory that the person can't think of the word he wants, and anything slightly related might help him think of it.

What did they have for heterosexual?
Merriam-Webster subsequently removed "homosexual" from the online thesaurus. It is still in the printed version, as I recently verified. However, ... been given as related words. (Anyone out there have a paper copy of the M-W thesaurus to clarify the matter?)

Maybe, but I can't find it. I'll look again.
I took a look at several modern thesauruses to see if they contained "pederast" under the entry "homosexual." The smaller ... none contained "pederast." One had "hermaphrodite" among the terms listed under the entry for "homosexual," which struck me as strange.

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I took a look at several modern thesauruses to see ... listed under the entry for "homosexual," which struck me asstrange.

I tried "pederast" in the thesaurus of my favourite word processor, and it offered "peddle" and "pdesetrian". It had no entry. Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/stevesig.htm E-mail - see web page, or parse: shayes at dunelm full stop org full stopuk

The Microsoft spell-checker that I use with Outlook Express has "pederast," but it doesn't have "pedophile," "pedophilia," "coprophilia," "necrophilia," or "paraphilia."
The spelling-checker for Yahoo ! Mail has all those except for "coprophilia" and "paraphilia."

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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synonyms the strange.

I tried "pederast" in the thesaurus of my favourite word ... or parse: shayes at dunelm full stop org full stop

uk The Microsoft spell-checker that I use with Outlook Express has "pederast," but it doesn't have "pedophile," "pedophilia," "coprophilia," "necrophilia," or "paraphilia." The spelling-checker for Yahoo ! Mail has all those except for "coprophilia" and "paraphilia."

Mine (Mucrolytics) has none of those, But it has an amazin number of synonyms for "***".

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
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Mine (Mucrolytics) has none of those, But it has an amazin number of synonyms for "***".

And most of them are proper names?(1)
(1) Note use of question mark to indicate interrogative intonation.

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synonyms the strange.

I tried "pederast" in the thesaurus of my favourite word ... or parse: shayes at dunelm full stop org full stop

uk The Microsoft spell-checker that I use with Outlook Express has "pederast," but it doesn't have "pedophile," "pedophilia," "coprophilia," "necrophilia," or "paraphilia."

Maybe Mr Gates has something in common with Queen Victoria.

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Robin Bignall
Hertfordshire
England
The Microsoft spell-checker that I use with Outlook Express has "pederast," but it doesn't have "pedophile," "pedophilia," "coprophilia," "necrophilia," or "paraphilia."

Are you using its British dictionary, assuming it has one? Microsoft Word flags 'pedophile' and 'pedophilia' when its US dictionary is not being used.
The spelling-checker for Yahoo ! Mail has all those except for "coprophilia" and "paraphilia."

Word doesn't like 'coprophilia', no ***, or 'paraphilia' either. Agent, I just learned, also doesn't.

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The Microsoft spell-checker that I use with Outlook Express has "pederast," but it doesn't have "pedophile," "pedophilia," "coprophilia," "necrophilia," or "paraphilia."

And what kind of "philia" is the "para" variety? My online MW wants me to join their premium club to access that part of their dictionary...
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