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Merriam-Webster schools Trump after ‘heel’ tweet flub

The dictionary is here to spell check, yet again.


Lauren L'Amie

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 20, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:01 pm CDT

Homophones are hard. We’ve all known that since the first grade, probably, but President Donald Trump is still learning the basics through trial and error…and trial and error. Luckily, Merriam-Webster is always one bad tweet away.

Trump tweeted Saturday that after “decade” of division, our nation will come together and “heel.” Interesting.

Merriam-Webster was quick to chime in with some clarification. The word the president was looking for was likely “heal.” Or maybe it was heel. Honestly, would you be surprised at this point?

Trump’s most recent spell check comes after a tense and devastating week of violence in Charlottesville, followed by a self-described “free speech” rally in Boston that was quickly overwhelmed by counterprotesters.

This isn’t Merriam-Webster’s first rodeo—the dictionary also recently corrected the president’s use of the word “council,” in his tweet attacking Sally Yates, owned Kellyanne Conway for coining “alternative facts” in January, and compiled a glossary of the 11 words the Trump administration doesn’t understand.

After deleting his two following attempts, Trump finally got it right on the third try. That always seems to be the charm.


H/T Huffington Post

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*First Published: Aug 20, 2017, 9:57 am CDT