The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has its own Twitter feed, and it just used its social media platform to troll Donald Trump.
Following what many saw as a poor and chaotic performance in Thursday’s GOP debate, Donald Trump did what Donald Trump often does, and took to social media to sling out a series of attacks against his Republican rivals on Friday morning.
Unfortunately for Donald, though, his tweets weren’t just insulting and garbled — they were misspelled and nearly incoherent.
Trump referred to Florida Senator Marco Rubio as a “Leightweight chocker [sic]” twice — apparently trying to refer to his competitor as a “lightweight choker.” He then added that it was a “Great honer! [sic]” that so many polls showed him winning the debate, which was, by all accounts, a debacle.
“Lying Ted Cruz and leightweight chocker Marco Rubio teamed up last night in a last ditch effort to stop our great movement. They failed!” read one Tweet in full.
Trump then compounded the error by tweeting, “Leightweight chocker Marco Rubio looks like a little boy on stage. Not presidential material!” with no sense of apparent irony.
Trump then capped off his Twitter performance by saying, “Wow, every poll said I won the debate last night. Great honer!”
At that time, apparently the old, trustworthy dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster decided that there was only much slaughtering to the language that Donald Trump should be allowed to commit.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) February 26, 2016
In one swift, concise tweet, the Merriam-Webster dictionary totally trolled Donald Trump, who has been known for being somewhat of a social media troller himself. It then included the link to the definition of the word “Nope.”
A few hours after sending out the misspelled, insult-laden tweets, Trump (or someone else within his campaign), realized that the insults were misspelled and deleted them. Unfortunately for the Trump campaign, however, the Internet will remember forever, in part because the transperency-focused Sunlight Foundation’s “Politwoops” service, which archives deleted tweets, saved them for the rest of us to enjoy.
The screengrabbed tweets can be seen below.
The “leightweight chocker” Marco Rubio got in on the fun, as well, and took Trump to task over his misspellings at a rally.
“All right, so you want to have a little fun? All right, what does Donald Trump do when things go wrong? He takes to Twitter. I have him right here. Let’s read some. You’ll have fun,” Senator Rubio said, and then read the tweets to the audience.
“All right, number one, here’s the first one. ‘Lightweight Marco Rubio was working hard last night.’ This is true. The problem is, he is a choker C-H-O-C-K-E-R. And once a chocker, always a chocker,’ I guess that’s what he meant to say, he spelled it chocker.”
Rubio then read the tweet that called him a “little boy.”
“It’s not that I look like a little boy, I wouldn’t even be the youngest president, but he would be the oldest president, and its an eight year term, so you start to worry, because he would be older,” Rubio said.
Rubio then read the last tweet, which misspelled the word “honor,” pointing out that Trump had misspelled three words.
“I don’t know how he got that wrong, because the E and O are nowhere near each other on the keyboard. That’s what I’m thinking, so how does this guy, not one tweet, but three tweets misspell words so badly? I only reach two conclusions. Number one, that’s how they spell those words at the Wharton School of Business where he went.
“Or number two, just like Trump Tower, he must have hired a foreign worker to do his own tweets.”
Donald Trump will probably be double-checking his spelling before hitting the “Tweet” button for awhile.
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