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Merriam-Webster totally owned America during the debate

Did Clinton really call Trump a Demogorgon?


Austin Powell

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 10, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 8:13 pm CDT

There were no words for the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Unless you’re the dictionary. Then you have all of the words. 

The Twitter account for Merriam-Webster treated the contest like a hotly disputed game of Scrabble, checking the validity of some of the words used and shedding some insight into what people were searching for during the debate. 

For instance, much to our horror, we learned that “unproud” is actually a word, one that apparently applies to Trump’s 3am tweetstorms. Here’s the transcript from the New York Times:

TRUMP: Now, tweeting happens to be a modern day form of communication. I mean, you can like it or not like it. I have, between Facebook and Twitter, I have almost 25 million people. It’s a very effective way of communication. So you can put it down, but it is a very effective form of communication. I’m not unproud of it, to be honest with you.

While Libertarian Gary Johnson got thrown under the bus over his lapse on Aleppo, it appears most American are equally unfamiliar with the Syrian city.

People also seemed disappointed that Clinton didn’t refer to Trump as the monster on Stranger Things but rather his “demagogic rhetoric.”

CLINTON: My vision of America is an America where everyone has a place, if you’re willing to work hard, you do your part, you contribute to the community. That’s what America is. That’s what we want America to be for our children and our grandchildren.

It’s also very short-sighted and even dangerous to be engaging in the kind of demagogic rhetoric that Donald has about Muslims. We need American Muslims to be part of our eyes and ears on our front lines. I’ve worked with a lot of different Muslim groups around America. I’ve met with a lot of them, and I’ve heard how important it is for them to feel that they are wanted and included and part of our country, part of our homeland security, and that’s what I want to see.

Merriam-Webster threw some shade after Trump claimed to “have the best words.”

The account also delivered the hottest take of the evening. 

Now it needs to hear from you: 

The jury’s still out on that one. 

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Oct 10, 2016, 12:05 pm CDT