Merriam-Webster desperately tries to make Trump understand the word ‘counsel’
For reference, let us look to President Trump’s Thursday morning tweet to the world. In attempting to write about a “special counsel,” the leader of the United States misspelled the simple word, instead writing, “councel.”
It was only a matter of hours before the country’s faithful educator, Merriam-Webster, chimed in, revealing there had been a ridiculously yuge spike in searches for the misspelled word.
Hours after FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed a special counsel to further investigate any links between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia following the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Trump took to Twitter.
“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!” he wrote.
As if the spelling error wasn’t bad enough, Trump waited two hours, re-tweeted the exact same message with the proper spelling of “counsel,” and then forgot to delete the original mishap for a bit. Truly amazing.
Following the mess, the official Merriam-Webster Twitter account — which is certainly no stranger to putting Trump and his administration in their places — tweeted that the non-existent word “councel” was by far the “most looked up misspelling” on the site today, with searches rising more than 900 percent.
‘Councel’ is by far our most looked up misspelling today.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 18, 2017
In Trump’s defense, the dictionary did note that people used the “councel” version of spelling in the 17th century, but it’s 2017 now, Trump. Please get with the program.
To make matters more embarrassing, this isn’t even the first time the president had trouble with the word. Just 10 days ago, Trump used the incorrect version of “counsel” when tweeting about the “W.H. Council.”
Once again, Merriam-Webster attempted to teach Trump right from wrong by defining the homophones, but it doesn’t appear he got the message.
counsel: ⚖ a lawyer appointed to advise and represent in legal matters
council: 🙋an assembly or meeting for consultation or discussion
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 8, 2017
Since Trump took office, Merriam-Webster’s Editor at Large, Peter Sokolowski said spikes for “feminism,” following Kellyanne Conway’s remark, and “complicit,” following the SNL sketch and subsequent interview with Ivanka Trump were among the highest of 2017.
And compared to the Obama administration? Let’s just say Trump is giving Merriam-Webster a bit more work. Sokolowski told Mashable that several lookups associated with President Obama “were words that have both a general meaning and a specific legal or governmental meaning, words like ‘commute’ and ‘amnesty.'”
In fact, the most unusual lookup about Obama was a word that he didn’t use himself, “but was used in the news coverage of his clothes.” The word “sartorial” spiked after Obama at a press conference back in 2014. “It may have been a slow news day.” Sokolowski said.
Ah, slow news days. Remember those?