United States presidential candidate Donald Trump might want to buy himself a dictionary and read it before his next debate with Hillary Clinton.
During the debate on Monday, September 26, the Republican nominee used the word ‘braggadocious’, which promoted both curiosity and humour online.
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In response to a question on Twitter about Trump’s use of the word, Merriam-Webster offered up a vocabulary lesson.
“He was trying for braggadocio,” the dictionary replied.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 27, 2016
‘Braggadocio’ refers to boastful behaviour, or a braggart. You’ll find it in most dictionaries, but perhaps what you won’t find is the adjective version as employed by Trump because it’s considered to be and informal use.
Merriam-Webster noted a spike in searches for words used by Trump throughout the debate, with many concerned he was simply making them up.
Other searched for words on the online dictionary that were uttered by Trump include: ‘bigly’, which means “with great force or violently or strongly” but also can be used to refer to “boastfully, haughtily or proudly”; ‘stamina’; and ‘temperament’.
It turns out that while these are all words, Donald isn’t using them in the way in which the dictionary defines. No wonder so many people were confused.
At any rate, the internet is having a great time poking fun at Donald Trump’s use of the English language.