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Since Donald Trump took office, the social media world is continuing to have a field day with the actions of his administration members. We thought it didn't get much more entertaining than those memes about Sean Spicer's press conference lies, but an unlikely suspect just proved us wrong.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary is serving up a hefty dose of shade on Twitter in regards to Trump, and it's downright hilarious. The account holders have been subtly taunting the POTUS and his team for their tendency to misuse certain words, and people can't get enough of the disses.
It all started with Betsy DeVos, Trump's education secretary and her tweet. DeVos tweeted a photo on Jan. 20 saying that she was "honored to witness the historical inauguration," and internet users took it upon themselves to point out her grammatical error. She quickly deleted the original tweet and fired off a corrected version using "historic" instead of "historical."
Honored to witness the historic Inauguration and swearing-in ceremony for the 45th President of the United States! pic.twitter.com/jjWEgMTSov— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) January 20, 2017
Apologies for the earlier error, everyone. Proof our staff members are only human! :)— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) January 20, 2017
But Merriam-Webster wasn't ready to let her off the hook that easily, as a subtle jab commenced.
'Historic' and 'historical' have subtly different meanings. https://t.co/2Pew5BZPXI— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 21, 2017
But the dictionary's shade didn't stop there. Allow us to remind you of when Trump's adviser, Kellyanne Conway, infamously referred to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's press conference lies as mere "alternative facts." Following the resulting meme storm that took over social media, the dictionary couldn't help but get in on the action — but in a classy, literary way, naturally. The clever genius behind the account simply reminded its followers what a fact really is.
📈A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017
And it gave one more sassy burn for good measure.
*whispers into the void* In contemporary use, fact is understood to refer to something with actual existence. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 24, 2017
Last but certainly not least came the buzz surrounding the fact that Trump reportedly filled the room of his press conference with paid staffers to elicit ample cheers and claps. Merriam-Webster has a term for that . . .
📈A 'claque' is a group hired to applaud. https://t.co/EX96vGLGDz— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 24, 2017
People are loving how the dictionary's Twitter account is totally calling out Trump and his team, and we're all secretly hoping this trend continues into his presidency because it's pretty darn entertaining.
Donald Trump is getting dunked on by THE DICTIONARY. https://t.co/RzKSTHT7Zn
— Gabe Delahaye (@gabedelahaye) January 24, 2017
— kat calvin (@KatCalvinLA) January 22, 2017
I'm awaiting the day when we need to start a legal defense fund on behalf of a dictionary
— K.G. Schneider (@kgs) January 24, 2017