Trump speaks in strange and curious ways.
Regardless of your personal political leaning, if you consider yourself a
wordsmith of any caliber, you’ve probably been taken aback by President
Donald Trump’s extemporaneous syntax and usage.
Merriam-Webster, the dictionary purveyor, has taken note.
Last week, when Trump claimed credit for coming up with the phrase,
“priming the pump,” scribes and scholars were quick to point out that, in
fact, he had not coined it.
[EVENT: Business Writing Summit]
Merriam-Webster tweeted the following:
There are any number of explanations as to why Trump took credit for the
phrase. He may have been joking. He may have never heard the phrase and
independently came up with it. Both are at least somewhat plausible
explanations. Still, this is not the first time Merriam-Webster has stepped
in to offer a Trumprovement. (See what I did there?)
The verbal arbiter was there when Trump surrogate Kellyanne Conway injected
“alternative facts” into the American lexicon:
It spoke out again after Trump misused the word “council” in a tweet:
It even weighed in when Trump won the election last November:
The Trump-trolling strategy has boosted the audiences for “Saturday Night
Live” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and it has done the same
for Merriam-Webster. The company has doubled its Twitter following (to more
than 465,000 as of this writing) since Trump took office.
So you know, M-W offers this definition for troll as a verb:
to antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory,
irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content
Perhaps “to correct reckless verbiage” should be 2b.