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Monday, 25 August 2008

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Collins, the makers of the famous Oxford English Dictionary, have announced that the word 'hero' is set to be given a wider definition in the next edition. The change has been in response to BBC Coverage of the Olympic Games.

'Yeah sure there are people risking their lives for others on an almost daily basis, but can they cycle round in circles? Can they row a boat? Those are what the media call real heroes and our book should reflect that.' said Collins spokesman Herbert Rogers.

The BBC is delighted their hyperbole has officially mangled the English language. 'In some ways, we are heroes too' said Quentin D'Auberville, head of BBC news ' In some ways anyone who comes back from a foreign country on a plane is now a hero. Except obviously Gary Glitter.'

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