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Oxford Dictionary Press Apologizes To Jamaica

CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mon. July 20, 2009: The Oxford Press has apologized to Jamaicans for its definition of the word `maroons,` in the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, according to JIS News, received a letter from the editor of Oxford University Press apologizing for stating that maroons were a member of a group of black people descended from runaway slaves and living in parts of Suriname and the West Indies.

There was no mention of the Jamaican Maroons defeating the British in two wars in the description of the word and no mention of Nanny, a national hero.

According to Minister Henry, the Editor of the Dictionary has promised in his letter to correct the anomaly in future publications of the Dictionary.