After visiting a website earlier today and then visiting MW's online dictionary, I found a sample sentence in the MW definition that had a strikingly similar context to results in my earlier search. This is either a weird coincidence, or MW is foisting customized sample sentences on me.
Background: Earlier today, I searched an uncommon collocation negative imprimatur and landed on this article titled "Diversity 101: What Not to Say to White Colleagues". The article is a discussion of race and language in the workplace. I copied the relevant snippet to an answer, got a couple drive-by downvotes, and deleted the answer. I can guess why the downvotes happened. That isn't the question.
Just a minute ago, I looked up befuddled in MW and got the following -
: utterly confused or puzzled : deeply perplexed … somebody may be so befuddled and self-destructive as to miss the point entirely. —Anne B. Fisher
… I also believe whites are as befuddled about race as we are … —Nathan McCall
Now this reappearance of racial context in MW's last sample sentence is either a really weird coincidence, or MW is feeding me quotes based on what I looked at or reposted. Can someone confirm that everybody gets the same quotes when they look up befuddled.