Does the word ‘diversity’ really only have one meaning?

In her rant against Penguin Random House, Lionel Shriver claimed ‘diversity’ is no longer a general-purpose noun

The novelist Lionel Shriver was vexed this week about Penguin Random House’s new aim for its authors and staff “to reflect the UK population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability”. This, Shriver wrote, was a publisher “drunk on virtue”. For good measure, she claimed the word “diversity” had been “effectively removed from the language as a general-purpose noun”. Really?

“Diversity” comes from the Latin for “facing both ways”, and “divers” or “diverse” in English has meant “various” since the 13th century. (Also “several” or “sundry”, and at one time “wicked” or “perverse”.) These days, of course, “diversity” can also mean a variety of ethnic, sexual and other identities.

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