What Made-Up/Hard Words Did Americans Look up During the US Debate?

By Gary Cutlack on at

The social media team at dictionary maker Merriam-Webster had another big night last night, with the staff of the words book doing a great job of explaining what the hard words people used in the US presidential debate -- and the semi-English of the Trump -- actually meant.

Rather amazingly, it found that Americans were searching for the word "lepo" in bulk, when conversation turned to the war-struck Syrian town of Aleppo; as in, they thought the presidential candidates were talking about "a lepo" as if a lepo might be a creature or type of car.

Other words fact-checked by the dictionary included unproud, which sounds like it shouldn't exist but does, plus demagogic -- a big old complicated word used by Hillary to describe Trump, which means like a demagogue. Which means someone who tells people what they want to hear so they might win power.

They also saw people looking up "bigly" as they did in the previous US debate. And although that's a real word, it's thought that its rise through the search results is due to people hearing Trump say "big league" a bit sloppily.

Other words viewers needed help as the people on TV said them with were rejigger, deplorable, xenophobe, moderator, irredeemable, locker-room and dereliction. [Merriam-Webster via Mashable]


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