Hello Kitty dictionary for kids has gruesome definition for necklace


A Hello Kitty dictionary aimed at kids defines a necklace as “A piece of jewelry which a woman wears around her neck,” going on to add, “In South Africa, a name for a tyre filled with petrol which is placed around a person’s neck and set on fire in order to kill that person.”

This happened in 2014, but I just learned about it today.

From The Mirror:

A spokesman for Harper Collins said they had been made aware of “inappropriate content” in the Hello Kitty dictionary and as a result had withdrawn it from sale and pulped all copies. They said: “As soon as we realized there was inappropriate content, it was withdrawn for sale.

“It was available in three forms and all have been pulped. It is no longer available from Harper Collins. If any are still around they are old copies being resold.”


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