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Merriam-Webster Weighs in on Trump’s Diplomatic Typo

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Merriam-Webster did not want to fall behind, as Twitter users and lawmakers alike, took shots at the President-elect for his failed attempt at diplomacy.

In his zeal to get out a tweet on China’s snatching of a U.S. navy drone, Donald Trump committed a snafu of sorts saying “unpresidented” instead of “unprecedented.” And although the tweet was deleted shortly afterward and replaced with a tweet which correctly stated “unprecedented,” the damage had been done as much of Twitter had already screenshotted the gaffe.

Merriam-Webster, certainly the authority when it comes to spelling, got into the debate by tweeting:

“Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is … not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one.”

Instead, the company included a link to the entry for the word “Huh.”

Trump made the typo early Saturday morning in a tweet blasting China for seizing an unmanned U.S. navy vessel.

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Jim at

Trump is an idiot.

Kyle at

Amazon Peotus doesn’t yet have a team dedicated to spell/grammar check him.

Kyle at

(Guess I should get on that too, lol. At least it didn’t take me 87 min. Unpresidented.)

ScienceABC123 at

Let the first person who never misspelled a word cast the first stone.

This is so minor, yet some people are making it into “Earth shattering” news. Is this what we have to look forward to for the next four years, “legions of wordsmiths?”

Kyle at

I’ll agree it’s minor, yet still a tad troubling and also a little embarrassing as a Trump voter. Unfortunately perceptions are important and the frequency of Trump’s twitter gaffes doesn’t help. Bigly.

Lawrence John II at

HA !!! That was great, It took Obama 8 years to bring “Hope and Change” to the United States ….


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