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?
🏥 heal (to become healthy again)
😈 heel (a contemptible person)
🙋♂️ he'll (he will)
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) August 19, 2017
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.
When the dictionary serves tea. pic.twitter.com/rfJw4qiQdV
— Stephanie Sparkles (@SSparklesDaily) August 19, 2017
Sample sentence: "For our country to heal, the heel in the White House needs to say that he'll resign."
— Julie Leto (@JulieLeto) August 19, 2017
After deleting his two following attempts, Trump finally got it right on the third try. That always seems to be the charm.
Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017