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Wed Apr 5, 2017, 12:28 PM

Trump says he has the best words. Merriam-Webster disagrees.

The Miriam-Webster Dictionary has been tweeting amusingly snarky jabs at Trump since his election.

When John Dean of Watergate fame predicted “calamity” for Donald Trump’s presidency, Merriam-Webster’s official account tweeted about the prognostication, adding its definition: “an event that causes great harm and suffering.”

If you are unaccustomed to finding such information in the dictionary, you haven’t been keeping up with the new Merriam-Webster, which has been throwing the book — definition: “to punish (someone) as severely as possible” — at Trump.

fter Trump won the election, the dictionary announced that “lookups for ‘misogyny’ spiked after Trump’s victory” — and illustrated the tweet with a photo of Tic Tacs, a reference to Trump’s on-camera boasting about sexual assault.

Merriam-Webster has shown that a word can be worth 50,000 retweets, as when it responded to Conway’s “alternative facts” remark by saying: “A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.” After Conway said she was uncomfortable being called a feminist, Merriam-Webster tweeted: “ ‘Feminism’ is defined as ‘the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.’ ”


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-says-he-has-the-best-words-merriam-webster-disagrees/2017/04/04/01eea7ac-1973-11e7-855e-4824bbb5d748_story.html?utm_term=.78361032f97d

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Thu Apr 6, 2017, 12:07 AM

1. What bout 45's overuse of the word "very"?

Something is never just "very _____"; it is always "very, very ______".
I believe this overuse use of the word "very" is a sign of a limited vocabulary.

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Thu Apr 6, 2017, 12:52 PM

2. Yes. His meaningless repetition of any word or phrase because he thinks it might be more...

convincing if he says it more than once. The one that was like nails on the blackboard the other day was that Syria had "crossed a line. Many, many lines."

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