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.”
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 17, 2016
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.
It took Trump and his team 87 minutes to fix the word "unpresidented." pic.twitter.com/Bz7NxSqwlo
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 17, 2016