Saturday 10 December 2016

Is that a real word? Donald Trump had people reaching for their dictionaries during final presidential debate

Cian Murray

Published 20/10/2016 | 08:19

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Colorado (AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Colorado (AP)

Last night's US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton had many talking points.

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One candidate refused to promise he would accept election results, there was an interesting discussion on abortion and Donald Trump used phrases that many people have never heard before.

According to Fortune, online dictionary searches for the words 'hombre' and 'bigly' spiked during the debate due to Trump using them while verbally dueling with Clinton.

“We have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out,” said Trump while discussing immigration.

"Bigly" was another word that was regularly searched for during the debate, but that had more to do with people mishearing Donald Trump when he was saying "big league."

Trump also used this phrase while discussing immigration policy.

He said: “We have millions of people that did it the right way. They’re on line. They’re waiting. We’re going to speed up the process, big league, because it’s very inefficient,” Trump said.

According to a list of highly searched words given to Fortune by Dictionary.com, during previous debates the most widely searched words were "braggadocious", "birtherism" and "temperament."

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