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Dictionary Searches For ‘Slimeball’ Spike 60,000 Percent After Trump Tweets

In an angry string of tweets, President Trump called James Comey “weak”,  “liar”, “leaker” and “slimeball.” Merriam-Webster reports that after this, the number of searches for the word “slimeball” were up by 60,000 percent. We didn’t even know that word was a part of the dictionary.

These tweets were prompted by excerpts of James Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty; Truth, Lies, and Leadership, which was released on April 17 and is rumored to be very scandalous, particularly for the Trump administration. In it, Comey compares President Trump to a mob boss and more.

Taking advantage of the drama and spotlight, Merriam-Webster tweeted the definition of the word.

According to Mashable, the words “slime” and “ball” have been in the dictionary for ages; it was only in 1972 when the two were first used together in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Merriam-Webster has a pretty cool presence on social media, correcting people, trolling politicians, and calling feminism their word of the year. They’ve also added words like embiggens and dumpster-fire — both created by “The Simpsons” — to their dictionary. Because we need these things for posterity.


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