Merriam-Webster Dictionary is having a lot of fun at the President’s expense, mostly because of his frequent spelling and diction mishaps on Twitter.
On Friday, as Trump was tweeting calling for investigations of the House and Senate Minority Leaders over their ties to Russia, the Dictionary decided to troll Trump on his choice of words.
The company shared its definition for the word “hereby,” which Trump seemed to fumble on his tweets.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) March 3, 2017
Trump repeatedly misspelled “hereby” in his tweets on Friday, signaling that it was more than a mistake. He tweeted an article and accompanying picture of leading House Democrat Nancy Pelosi meeting with former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, which was also attended by Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
“I hear by demand a second investigation,” Trump wrote in his first attempt at the tweet, which disappeared and was replaced with an identical tweet that now used “hearby.” The second iteration of the tweet was then deleted and was replaced by a third one which correctly spelled the word “hereby.”
I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it. https://t.co/qCDljfF3wN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
Twitter was not exactly kind to the Commander in Chief for the mistakes as users mercilessly mocked him for the errors.
Merriam-Webster has not exactly been sitting on the sidelines either. It has used its Twitter account to troll Trump in the past. Shortly after Election Day, 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 aides have not been immune to mocking by the Dictionary either. When the President’s top adviser Kellyanne Conway expressed doubt regarding feminism stating that the word “seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, the company tweeted the definition for the word.
📈'Feminism' is defined as "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities." https://t.co/Zjf7CAPUjL
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) February 23, 2017