Dictionary.com released its list of most-searched for terms during the presidential debates. “Acid-washed” came up because Donald Trump suggested Hillary Clinton “acid-washed” her emails. Viewers thought perhaps he was referring to the same chemicals that create acid-washed jeans, but he was actually referring to BleachBit, an app Clinton used to destroy emails.
Trump has accused Clinton of being mean because she said half of Trump’s supporters are a “basket of deplorables.” The word means “worthy of strong condemnation.” Although there is no way of knowing if “half” of Trump’s supporters are deplorable, some of them definitely are. Some of Trump’s supporters include David Duke, a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and anti-Semitic Twitter users who have flooded Twitter and attacked conservative commentators who oppose Trump.
Trump has long claimed that President Obama was not born in the United States. During the debates Trump was asked about the “birtherism” rumors, which he said Clinton started during the 2008 presidential campaign. The moderators said that the rumor had been “debunked,” which sent people running to their dictionaries.
During the debates, Clinton and Trump were asked what to do about the situation in Aleppo. Like Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, many Americans were confused about where Aleppo is located and why it is important. Aleppo is a city in Syria that has been under attack by pro-government forces, creating a humanitarian crisis.
Donald Trump often says something is “big league,” but people unfortunately hear this as “bigly.” As a result, Dictionary.com reported a 330% spike in searches for the word. It is not a word, but the internet being the internet, the term has taken on a life of its own and is featured in dozens of memes.
The searches for the word amnesty reveal that Americans are as confused about the word as they are the positions of the candidates on what happens to illegal immigrants. There are 12 million undocumented immigrants. Clinton favors giving children who grew up in the USA citizenship. Trump has favored deportation for everyone but also favors allowing them to come back: “I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal.”
#4 Block Grant
No, not Carey Grant – “block grant.” Trump said: “We’re going to block grant into the states we’re going to block grant into Medicaid.” A block grant is “a grant from a central government that a local authority can allocate to a wide range of services.” This means Trump wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a block grant of money to states, who can then spend the money on whatever services they prefer.
Americans should have learned the meaning of “veto” in school, since it plays an important role in our system of government. Veto means “the power to unilaterally stop an official action.” Although the president can veto legislation, Congress can then override a veto if they have enough votes. This was all explained in Schoolhouse Rock!
During the debates, Trump lamented that President Bush did not show enough “decisiveness” in the Iraq War. Americans have repeatedly given Trump high marks for being decisive. The word is defined as ” having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively.” Americans clearly want the wheels of government to move much faster.
During the first debate, Clinton brought up Trump’s comments that Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and other nations should get nuclear weapons. Trump then said he favored taking nuclear weapons off the table, but would also keep them as an option. Americans must have forgotten what nuclear weapons are and turned to Dictionary.com to define the word.