October 11, 2016
“Unproud” is a word, and after that debate, it’s probably the one you’re looking for
by Taylor Sperry
During the second presidential debate on Sunday night, Donald Trump dismissed the awful (but totally unsurprising) comments he made about Arianne Zucker in 2005 by describing them as “locker-room talk.” They’re “just words, folks.”
Once again, dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster helpfully stepped up to Twitter to help debate audiences parse the Republican candidate’s words, which are often as confusing as they are offensive. “The dictionary account known to post with a heavy dose of sass, broke it out again for tonight’s debate,” CBS St. Louis reported.
The account opened with a subtweet of Trump’s Arianne Zucker fiasco (“We’ll be tweeting the #debate. When you’re a star, they let you do it,” they wrote) and “continued to stay strong throughout the debate.” CBS St. Louis rounded up their favorites, below:
“Unproud” might not be a word we want in the dictionary—inelegant as it is—but, at least this election season, it’s one we deserve.
N.B. As of this writing, the following words are the top trends on merriam-webster.com:
Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.