In 2016, it was not clear which entities would play a major role in the pending presidency of Donald Trump, but hardly anyone guessed the dictionary would be one of them.
Whether the classic Merriam-Webster or the modern dictionary.com, the humble dictionary has been a contributor to the public discourse regarding the Trump administration.
In their latest salvo, Merriam Webster shot one across the bow of the embattled POTUS. After days of fielding questions and fending off speculation over a House obstruction of justice inquiry, a reported whistleblower and possible impropriety by the President in a call to a foreign leader, the legacy of George and Charles Merriam and Noah Webster selected misprision as their word of the day for Friday, September 20, 2019.
“misprision ~ concealment of treason or felony”
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 20, 2019
The selection left many wondering if the dictionary was trolling the President.
📈’Dastardly’ is a top search today. It means “cowardly” or “characterized by underhandedness or treachery.” https://t.co/m8Pxyw0FOh
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 19, 2019
People appreciated Merriam Webster’s input.
Trump getting trolled by a dictionary is the only thing keeping me going right now. https://t.co/LVrA8vPq5b
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 20, 2019
Do you think he has ever used a dictionary? 😂😂😂
This Webster woman is nasty !
— Kim Quigg (@quigg_kim) September 20, 2019
Best. Twitter. Ever. https://t.co/9WKsHaXpXx
— Melissa Quinn Amour (@MelissaAmour72) September 20, 2019
Webster’s Dictionary is trolling Trump. https://t.co/rVPXBe7Glc
— Bull Moose (@Trump_dUp) September 20, 2019
2019: When the dictionary is helping Americans with the daily vocabulary to discuss what Trump’s enablers are doing. https://t.co/k9QyMxWZnO
— Dean Gloster (@deangloster) September 20, 2019
— Amit Phansalkar (@asuph) September 20, 2019
And despite Betsy DeVos, it looks like Americans are getting an education.
I love it when the dictionary teaches me a new word to describe what Trump does…this Presidency has been such an education https://t.co/SdQwsEbOZw
— chefsbride (@chefsbride) September 20, 2019
Some even suggested a few other words.
Trump stood on the world stage and went down on his knees before Putin, “He told me he didn’t do it.” After virtually EVERY US IA agreed Putin interfered. And Kim, well let’s just say, “he wrote me a beautiful letter, a LOVE letter.” You need a dictionary to look up “weakling”
— Debra Lynn (@seannbella) September 20, 2019
— RickyAppleseed ☮🍎 (@RickyAppleseed) September 19, 2019
And even an alternative dictionary had a reference to President Trump. Thanks to Chrissy Teigen.
Although, not everyone was able to learn something.
This would be more helpful if Trump knew the definition of “dictionary” https://t.co/0qAmkC7u6F
— Frank Lesser (@sadmonsters) September 20, 2019
Some were anticipating a counter strike.
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) September 20, 2019
I can hear it now….
“That loser dictionary is making up lies about words, just to make me look bad. Most people dont even know what a dictionary is. Congress should investigate ALL the so called dictionaries!!”
-trump when someone reads him the MW tweet.
— Grow in Peace (@YourGrowFriend) September 20, 2019
But even if there is a forthcoming Twitter rant, people gave kudos to the humble dictionary.
— Amanda C. Aubrey Esq (@aubrey_ac) September 20, 2019
Bravo, kudos and laudation Merriam Webster. Keep up the great work.
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