The 10 Words You Never Heard Until the Trump Presidency

Updated on June 28, 2018
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Ms. Giordano is a writer and public speaker who is interested in politics and history.

The age of Trump has changed the political lexicon.
The age of Trump has changed the political lexicon. | Source

Word(s) of the Year

Every year the folks that create and manage dictionaries choose a “Word of the Year.” “Surreal” and "Post-Truth” were both selected as the words of the year in January 2017. Words are selected based on usage in the previous year.

Merriam-Webster chooses words based on the number of people conducting an internet search for a particular word. For 2017, they chose surreal.” The dictionary definition of this adjective is: “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream.” The word is used to express a reaction to something shocking or surprising; something we don’t want to believe, or something that is beyond reality.

The Oxford Dictionary chooses its word by looking for a new word that adds significantly to the English language. For 2017, their choice was “post-truth.” They define this word as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Note: In 2018, Merriam-Webster chose “feminism” and Oxford chose “youthquake.” While these words are very appropriate choices in light of the events of 2017, they don’t pack quite the punch of “surreal” and “post-truth.”

The 2017 words of the year got me thinking about which words I would nominate for 2018. My selection criteria were words or terms that had entered common usage that either did not exist or were very uncommon before “the age of Trump.”

Below is my list of 10 words and terms that you had probably never heard of before January 2017. I’ll put them roughly in rank order starting with the ones I consider most important and ending with one that is merely funny.

1. Lies

I’m putting "lies" at the top of the list even though it is not a new word. It heads the list because it is now being used in ways that it has never been used before.

Traditionally, the media would tread lightly by using typical euphemisms that they usually employ when politicians lie. Donald Trump was also treated in this gentle way in the beginning.

The media has always favored words like “untruth,” “false statement,” “falsehood,” “misstatement,” “misleading statement,” “incorrect statement,” “not true,” “not truthful,” and “inaccurate.” They just wouldn’t straight-up callout a lie.

Finally, it got too be too much. They started using the word “lies” and “liar.” They started using those words defiantly. They even started to report lots of stories devoted to how much Trump lies.

On May 1, 2018, The Washington Post ran a story reporting that they had fact-checked Trump and found that he had told 3000 lies during his first 15 months as president. Not only did they say that Trump lied all the time, they said that the pace of his lying has gotten worse.

  • In the first 100 days, he told 4.9 lies a day; in the last two months, he doubled the pace, telling an average of nine lies a day.
  • Additionally, Trump is recycling his old lies. There are 113 lies that he has repeated at least three times apiece.

We all know that Trump is a habitual liar. I call him “The Lyin’ King.” The jury is still out on whether or not he actually believes his own lies.

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Trump lies an average of nine times a day.
Trump lies an average of nine times a day. | Source

2. Normalize

"Normalize" is a verb meaning "to make normal." I don’t think I had ever heard the word used in everyday speech before. Now it is most commonly being used in connection with Donald Trump. He constantly does outrageous things that are so far out of the bounds of what we consider normal behavior in politics and governance. We need to be careful not to normalize the behaviors he displays. This means that we should not consider them to be examples of normal behavior.

On the day after the election, Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist, warned us about the normalization of outrageous behavior in her article: Autocracy: The Rules of Survival. Rule #4 was “Be Outraged." She wrote, “…In the face of the impulse to normalize, it is essential to maintain one’s capacity for shock.”

3. Weaponize

"Weaponize" means "to equip something with weapons or to adapt something for use as a weapon." For instance, trucks can be weaponized by equipping them with machine guns, or anthrax (a bacterium) can be weaponized for use in biological warfare.

"Weaponize" was previously used when talking about warfare; now it is used when talking about politics.

For instance, Donald Trump has weaponized Twitter. He uses it to rally his base, to spread misinformation, to attack, ridicule, and bully his political enemies, and more.

Donald Trump weaponizes just about everything. I did a Google search, and on the first page of results, I found references to the ways that Trump weaponized the Supreme Court, the NFL, the Justice Department, the National Enquirer, and the public’s distrust of the media.

4. Fake News

Donald Trump also inflames the public’s distrust of the media by calling just about everything they print or say “fake news." He uses the phrase constantly. The news he deems fake is actually true. Reputable news organizations are very careful to fact-check everything before they report it. If they make the occasional mistake, they quickly acknowledge it and correct it. Trump doesn’t like the news because it exposes his misdeeds, so he calls it fake.

Trump hijacked the term "fake news." It was originally a term used to describe lies that were dressed up as news to serve as click-bait for news outlets. These web articles would have a sensational headline followed by a story that sounded like news, but wasn’t. The posts often appeared on websites that looked like representatives of real media sources like newspapers, but the source was simply a mock-up. (Read the full story at NPR.)

The fake-news creators usually wrote posts to appeal to the Right because that group would give the item lots of shares. If they tried to appeal to the Left, it didn’t work, because liberals would fact-check the item, quickly determine that it was fake, and the item would not get shares and clicks.

In 2016, agents of the Russian government posed as Americans and took fake news to a whole new level when they weaponized Facebook. They used Facebook to spread lies about Trump’s primary opponents and Hillary Clinton. They even used Facebook to promote rallies that they set up not only to support Trump, but also to promote dissent around social issues like race relations. In February of 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller determined that there was enough evidence to issue an indictment against 17 Russians for their malicious use of social media to meddle in the election. (Read the full story at CBSNews.com.)

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Trump calls every news story that he doesn't like "fake news."
Trump calls every news story that he doesn't like "fake news." | Source

5. Witting and Unwitting

Not too long ago, I wrote a comment on Facebook and used the word “witting” to mean the opposite of unwitting. A troll complained that “witting” was not a word. He was wrong. "Witting" is an adjective that means to be aware of something or to do something deliberately. The word goes back to the Middle Ages. The troll probably thought it wasn’t a word because it is not often used. However, I now hear it said all the time on news shows.

Here is a quote from an article written by John R. Schlinder, an American security expert, and published in The Observer, a British newspaper. “America’s most experienced spy boss [Jim Clapper] publicly termed our president an asset—that is, a witting agent—of the Kremlin who is being controlled by Vladimir Putin.” (Read the full story at The Observer.)

To be fair, some say that Trump is only an unwitting stooge of the Kremlin. They think that Trump could be what the Russians call a “useful idiot.” but Trump's supporters most likely think he is not a stooge at all.

6. Collusion

"Collusion” is another word that we didn’t hear very much until Trump became president. It means "a secret agreement, especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose."

Trump says this word all the time at rallies and when answering the questions of reporters. “No Collusion. No Collusion.” He likes to put it in all caps when he uses the word in a tweet.

In a 30 minute interview with reporters from The New Times conducted in December, 2017, Trump said the word “collusion” 23 times without being prompted—which is almost once per minute. Trump seems to use the word obsessively. (Read the full story from The Washington Post.)

What Trump should be saying is “No conspiracy.” If Trump ever gets indicted, the charge will be conspiracy, because collusion is not a crime. He should be worried about the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is also known as "RICO law." This law was originally designed to prosecute “the mob,” but since its establishment, it has been used in other cases.

Trump can be found guilty of conspiracy-related crimes even if he didn’t personally commit any of the crimes covered under the law. He can be found guilty if he merely knew of the general status of the conspiracy and if he knew that the conspiracy extended beyond his individual role. (Read the provisions of the RICO law at The Center for American Progress' website.)

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7. Kompromat

In Russia, "kompromat" refers to compromising material or any damaging information that can be used to control someone. It is like blackmail, but instead of demanding money, the demand is for loyalty.

The Russians sometimes use kompromat to induce someone from another country to become a spy. If a person can be induced to commit a small crime, even if it is done unwittingly, that person can subsequently be controlled with the threat of exposure.

Kompromat can consist of any damaging information, but it is most often sexual in nature. And that brings us to our next term, “pee tape.”

8. Pee Tape

I don’t think anyone has ever put the words “pee” and “tape” together before. The “pee tape,” sometimes called the “pee-pee tape," refers to information provided in the now famous “Steele Dossier” article that was first published by BuzzFeed. Note: At the time that this article was written, many of the allegations in the dossier have been verified, but the salacious allegations have not been proven to be either true or false.

The dossier consists of 17 intelligence reports assembled by Christopher Steele, a former M16 operative and Russia specialist. One of the reports details an event involving Donald Trump’s activities in his room at the Russian Ritz-Carleton when he stayed there while producing the Miss Universe Pageant.

The tape, if it exists, shows Trump watching two prostitutes peeing on a bed. Trump is said to have wanted to defile the bed because it was the one Obama slept on during a presidential visit to Moscow.

James Comey was FBI Director after the 2016 election. He wanted to give Trump a heads-up, so he told him about the FBI investigation into possible Russian interference in the election and the Steele dossier which included allegations of a pee tape.

Comey was fired by Trump a few months later because of, as Trump said, "the Russia thing.” Comey discussed the pee tape in his book, A Higher Loyalty. He said that Trump seemed to be obsessed with the pee tape, he repeatedly asked him about it, and repeatedly denied its existence.

Trump has also said that there could be no pee tape because he did not stay overnight in Russia. That alibi has been proven to be false—Trump stayed at least one night in Russia during the pageant.

I don’t know if the pee tape exists, but I think Russia does not need the pee tape to blackmail Donald Trump because they know about other crimes Trump has committed. Based on news reports, I think it is very likely that Trump was involved in money-laundering for Russian oligarchs. (See a news report about that story on NPR.)

9. Fixer

The term "fixer" is not used by Donald Trump and it does not apply to him. It refers to his long-term associate and personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Evidently, Mr. Cohen styles himself as “a fixer,” like the character in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.

A fixer is someone who works for the rich and famous and quietly cleans up their various crimes and sexual indiscretions. He makes the evidence and repercussions “go away.”

Mr. Cohen became famous because of a $130,000 payment he made to an adult film actress (or porn star), Stormy Daniels, about ten days before the election. It was given to her as payment for signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) about her sexual relationship with Donald Trump. In plain English, it was hush-money. Stormy wanted to be released from the NDA, so she hired a lawyer, Micheal Avenatti, to handle her case.

Mr. Cohen is now in “a fix” that he probably can’t fix. He is being investigated for numerous “white-collar” crimes such as bank fraud, money laundering, and selling access to the president. The FBI obtained a search warrant for his home and office and, as of this writing, indictments are expected. (Read the full story from The New York Times.)

10. Covfefe

I just had to include "covfefe" because it is so funny. Trump used this word in a tweet. Apparently, he fell asleep while writing the tweet. The funny thing is that he refused to admit it went out by mistake. Trump and all his spokespersons insisted that the word had a secret meaning known only to Trump’s inner circle.

People began to joke about what the word could mean. I think Hillary Clinton came up with the best line. She was speaking at a conference that day and she told the audience, “I thought it was a hidden message to the Russians."

What Does "Covfefe" Mean?

 A restaurant came up with a clever way to capitalize on the excitement about covfefe.
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Bonus: Variations on Trump’s Name

Trump has such a great name for wordplay. You can attach so many suffixes to it. Here are some new words and terms that have been created to describe various aspects of this political era.

  • Trumpism: The doctrine of Donald Trump. This word describes the policy and leadership of Trump (Trumpian and Trumpist have a similar meaning).
  • Trumpeter: A person who loudly proclaims Trump's attributes and accomplishments.
  • Trumper: A supporter of Donald Trump. Also Trumpite.
  • Trumpies: People who blindly support Donald Trump. This word is an analogue of the word "junkies."
  • Trumpster: A follower of Donald Trump. This word is not surprisingly, an analogue of the word "gangster."
  • Trumpette: A female supporter of Donald Trump and an analogue of "strumpet."
  • Trumpinista: An operative for Donald Trump. It is similar to "Sandanista," which are revolutionary guerrillas in Nicaragua.
  • Trumplandia: America under the rule of Trump.
  • Trumpety Dumpety: A roly-poly guy who likes walls.

There are other clever and relevant terms circulating in the vernacular. Feel free to add them in the comments section.

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Additional Words

I could have easily done a much longer list. I left out some good terms like "witch hunt," "bigly," "deep-state," "counter-puncher," "rocket man," "emoluments," and "s***hole" because of space limitations.

What words would you add to the list? Use the comments section to list the words you want to nominate as "Trump-Words."

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Questions & Answers

  • Who coined the term “fake news”? What is the origin of the term “fake news”?

    I'm going to give the credit for the term “fake news” to Craig Silverman, an editor at BuzzFeed. In 2014, He was studying online misinformation as a fellow at Columbia University. He discovered something new: He said he found “websites that looked like real websites and wrote things in a news style, but everything was 100 percent fake.” He called it “fake news” in his blog "Regret the Error."

    When Silverman became an editor at Buzz Feed, he continued his interest in online fake news. He discovered a cluster of websites from Macedonia that were publishing false pro-Trump and anti-Hillary stories. These false stories got hundreds of thousands of shares on Facebook and other social media. Some of these articles became hugely popular; sometimes they got more than twice as many shares as legitimate news stories about the candidates in mainstream media, like the New York Times.

    It is hard to pin down who first used the term in the mainstream media. Some say the credit goes to the New York Times in a report about the fake story dubbed “PizzaGate.” According to this fake story, Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta were running a child sex operation from the basement of a popular pizzeria in Washington DC.

    This story was so ridiculous I don’t know how anyone could believe it to be true, but apparently some did. In December of 2016, a North Carolina man went to the pizza restaurant with a military-style assault weapon and began shooting. He said he wanted to rescue the children. (There were no children because there was no pedophile operation.) Fortunately, no one was hurt. The shooter was sentenced to four years in prison and had to pay $5,744 in restitution for property damage at the pizzeria.

    This incident shows that fake news can cause serious harm. It is not just political “dirty tricks” or a way to have fun by spreading ugly stories about someone you dislike.

© 2018 Catherine Giordano

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    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      4 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Thanks Ann. Trump also repeats himself a lot. He can fill an hour with only 30 minutes of content that way.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      I think he comes up with these words because he doesn't know many correct ones! He repeats so many sentences just to make sure he's said them or maybe to better understand what he means or to fill the silence of not knowing what to say at all. Making up his own words is probably the only way he can manage English.

      I find him offensive, arrogant and without diplomacy, all of which make him a dangerous person to be in charge of anything.

      Great hub, Catherine!

      Ann

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      5 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Kathleen Cochran: Thanks for the compliment on my work. I do put a lot of research into a hub like this one. It probably took 20 hours to do it.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Catherine: Great work here. It is so good to find something interesting to read on HubPages these days, where someone really put in the work and isn't just spouting off the top of their heads.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      bradmasterOCcal: The 10 words I presented were not chosen just because they were interesting words, but because they illustrated important aspects of the Trump presidency. Claims were made about these aspects and the claims were backed up with facts. Links were given so the reader could verify these facts.

      My point was that every time someone writes a comment taking issue with these claims, they don't dispute the facts that support these claims. Instead they just try to discredit me, as you did, with insults.

      I am not "working against the country" as you say; I am working to save the country.

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      Brad Masters 

      6 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Catherine

      That is interesting, can you tell me where I had my facts wrong.

      Why would you say that I said you were wrong?

      Why do say this article has facts? Did I miss something?

      Why would you make your comment without being specific.

      I used a generality about your article because it is what I said it is.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      radmasterOCal: Right back at ya, bradmasterOCal. Also you got your facts wrong or maybe you just caught the lying virus from Trump. P.S. You didn't mention one single fact from this well-researched article that you think I got wrong.

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      Brad Masters 

      6 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Most of these words are the result of anti Trump people from the DNC, HRC and the Media.

      These words are just utterances from the losers, all those people that can't get over how HRC could spend 1.2 billion dollars and still lose the election.

      TDS

      In the phrase from JFK

      Ask not what your country can do for you

      but what you can do for your country.

      What you are doing is continuing the divide and disrespecting the US Republic by working against the country.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Michael Lockhard: Thanks for your comment. I worked hard to show what these words mean to our country. And it is nothing good.

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      Michael Lockard 

      6 months ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Great article with good insight

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Gary Williams: I'm glad you liked this article. You are right about the Sandanistas. They were supported by Cuba, but they were Nicaraguan. I will correct the article. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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      Gary Williams 

      6 months ago

      Hi there. Good stuff. All of it. Well...(you knew there had to be a catch somewhere eh?) ...not quite all of it. There's a blurb after "Trumpanista" that seems to saying the term is akin to "Sandinista, revolutionary guerrilla fighters in Cuba."

      Cuba?? While I believe Che Guevara might feel honored by your association of him with Augusto Cesar Sandino, I quite imagine the leader of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas (and principal target of Oliver North, Poindexter etc.), one Daniel Ortega, would feel deeply insulted by your having erased him from the pages of history.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      DaveS828: Wow, covfefe has officially made it into the accepted lexicon. Now all I need to know is what it means.

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      DaveS828 

      6 months ago

      For those pf you who play Words With Friends. Covfefe is a legit word.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Lydia Green: I watched that interview on NetFlix also and had the same reaction. I miss him so much. Trump terrifies me, and more to the point, what he is doing to this country terrifies me. (Take a look at my essay about Trump Anxiety Disorder, "Is Donald Trump Literally Making Us Sick."

      You may have picked up on the underlying reason for this essay; it is not to talk about words, but to show the bad behavior of Trump.

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      Lydia Green 

      6 months ago

      I finally watched David Letterman's interview with Barach Obama on his new Netflix show. His elegance and ease was comforting and reassuring. It reminded me of what life was like before the barbarian took his place in the White House. It was refreshing to listen to two intelligent (and funny) people have a conversation (without mentioning Trump), after the year-long daily barrage of trash talk. We need to be reminded of what is normal so we don't fall into complacency and forget what normal is.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      You're right about the word salad!

      Yes, trump has that general meaning here too and I have no idea where that other one comes from unless it's because the noise sounds like a trumpet!

      Ann

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Ann Carr: I laughed out loud when I read your definition of the word "trump" in British English. The meaning is perfect. To quote Don Jr, "If it is what you say it is, I love it."

      However, in America the word has good connotations--it means to be superior, to surpass.

      I too am amazed that Trump is getting away with so much. It's frightening.

      I don't think Trump repeats himself because he thinks we are stupid. He repeats himself because of some sort of mental dysfunction. He can't think of what to say next, so he just repeats the same phrase. Often when he talks, it is "word salad." He just spits out words and it barely makes any sense.

      Thanks for the compliment. I worked really hard on this one. And thanks for the comment.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      This is so well-written and so entertaining, Catherine.

      I find it amazing that Trump has got away with so much 'un-diplomatic' words and actions.

      I don't know if 'trump' has the same meaning in American English as it does in British English, in its alternative use for the word 'fart'. For me, 'Trumper' then has the meaning of any supporter of Trump speaking a lot of hot air through his 'backside', for want of a better word!

      What I find most irritating about Trump's speech is that he seems to feel a need to repeat every other phrase, as though he thinks we don't have as high an intelligence as he does. Or maybe he's trying to convince himself...

      Great hub, well researched and superbly presented.

      Ann

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      FlourishAnyway: I agree "alternative facts" should be on the list. There were so many good words that I had to leave out, so I'm thinking about a sequel. Maybe Trump will be out of office soon, and the whole thing will be irrelevant. Thanks for your comment.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Linda Crampton: The humor is "gallows humor." It is very depressing to watch helplessly and Trump destroys American values and institutions. Thanks for your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting article, Catherine. It contains some amusing information that is sad at the same time. The current situation in the US government is depressing.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Alternative facts. That was a good one. I really hope that Trump meets his fate so that we can get stop the crazy train to self-destruction. Worst President Ever.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      femi: Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Ellie Israel: I love your suggestion, and I'd place my bet on Russia having a trumphump tape. Russia plays a long game cultivating "influencers" in America and around the world. Whatever krompremat they have collected, they wait until the time is right to use it.

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      femi 

      7 months ago from Nigeria

      Nice article

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      Ellie Israel 

      7 months ago

      Trumphump - A sequel to the pee tape.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Sam Montana: GWB merely mangled words. DJT doesn't create new words himself; it is just that he is so far beyond the norm that words that were fairly are being used to describe him and his administration. Thanks for your comment.

      Thanks

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      Sam Montana 

      7 months ago

      And I thought President Bush (II) came up with a lot of new phrases.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      McKenna Meyers. I write so that I won't feel alone. This one just poured out of me. I refuse to even let my self think about the possibility of two terms. Two years is the max this country can take. Don't think you are alone. There are plenty of good people still in this country.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Mike Russo: Thanks for the comment and compliment. Perhaps I should add "truthful hyperbole" to my list, although I think is more hyperbole (another word for lies) than truth these days.

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      McKenna Meyers 

      7 months ago from Bend, OR

      Catherine, sometimes I feel so out-of-sync with what the rest of the country is feeling, and then I read your articles and feel much better (and not so alone). Today, I read that a lot of people are now choosing Melania for a baby's name, and I just thought: Why? It all makes me so sad but, like Larry wrote, I think we better brace ourselves for 2 terms. I don't know where we'll be in the world standing at that point, but we're dropping fast.

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      Mike Russo 

      7 months ago from Placentia California

      Catherine: A brilliant piece of work of how you have exposed Trump's behavior by defining his everyday use of those words. They are used not only by himself but by those around him. I like when Kellyanne Conway uses Alternate Facts. It blows my mind.

      I read parts of Trump's book, Art of the Deal. In the book, he justifies his lying by calling it, "Truthful Hyperbole." I think in his convoluted mind, he must think that he is not lying...just using truthful hyperbole!

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Larry Rankin: NO, I can't even bear to think of two terms. I'm hoping that after midterms and after Mueller starts indicting the people closest to Trump, and maybe even Trump, himself, this nightmare will be over. And Pence must go too.

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Lydia Workman: Thanks for letting me know you liked it.Not sound immodest, but I think it is pretty good also.

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      Larry Rankin 

      7 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always good writing. It's just a depressing world right now.

      I think Trump will probably get two full terms. I hope I'm wrong.

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      Lydia Workman 

      7 months ago from Canada

      Brilliant piece! Thanks for sharing your insights.

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