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14 Times The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Was Shady AF

Merriam-Webster (n.): the sassiest dictionary on Twitter.

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1. When Donald Trump tweeted "unpresidented" (not a real word) instead of "unprecedented."

Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is...not 'unpresidented'. We don't enter that word. That's a new one. https://t.co/BJ45AtMNu4

2. When this person complained about how "chill" Merriam-Webster was for a dictionary.

3. When another person also complained about it.

.@dannygonzalez Why don't you look words up before complaining to the dictionary? https://t.co/2HFnO4Y0aY

4. When it changed its header image in honor of the presidential election.

We've updated our Twitter header in honor of the election.

5. When people complained about its "genderqueer" entry.

People keep 1) saying they don't know what 'genderqueer' means then 2) asking why we added it to the dictionary

6. When Kellyanne Conway defended White House press secretary Sean Spicer's false claims about Trump's inauguration by calling them "alternative facts."

📈A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c

*whispers into the void* In contemporary use, fact is understood to refer to something with actual existence. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c

7. When it called out a rival dictionary's tweet.

.@Dictionarycom There's no cream in that coffee.

8. When Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee for secretary of education, confused "historical" and "historic" in a tweet about his inauguration.

'Historic' and 'historical' have subtly different meanings. https://t.co/2Pew5BZPXI

9. When it pointed out the most looked-up word in November 2016.

'Fascism' is still our #1 lookup. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year. There's still time to look something else up.

10. When the White House's International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement omitted any mention of Jews.

📈'Holocaust' is trending again. It is understood to refer especially to the Nazis' mass murder of European Jews. https://t.co/SpAZ9kiKrn

11. When people complained about the all-female Ghostbusters remake.

Trust us: the feminine form of 'ghostbuster' is 'ghostbuster'.

12. When "snowflake" became an alt-right insult for liberals.

In Missouri in the early 1860s, a 'snowflake' was a person who was opposed to the abolition of slavery. https://t.co/XtIlA4ARV5

13. When it was rumored that Trump had paid staff to applaud him during his visit to the CIA.

If you're part of a group that's paid to applaud, you're a 'claqueur'. https://t.co/EX96vGLGDz

📈A 'claque' is a group hired to applaud. https://t.co/EX96vGLGDz

14. When it tweeted this sassy response to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

📈Lookups for 'betrayal' spiked after Sean Spicer said "I'm not going to define the word." We defined the word. https://t.co/alq6KqMgnF

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