Many of the people who tuned into the final presidential debate Wednesday night heard candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton talk about their plans for foreign policy, immigration and the economy. They also got somewhat of an English lesson.
Thanks to Trump’s nifty vernacular, there was a spike in searches for various terms he used during the debate – according to Dictionary.com – and many people took to Twitter to poke fun at Trump’s phrases like “bad hombre” and “nasty woman.” So what exactly do the words Trump used during Wednesday’s debate mean? Read on to find out.
Hombre: The Merriam-Webster definition of hombre simply means a man, guy or fellow. However, the Spanish word is also sometimes used as a slang term for homie or punk, according to Urban Dictionary. Given Trump’s use of the word when he explained his immigration strategy to get all the “bad hombres” out of the United States, it may be safe to assume he was referring to the latter.
Ombre: Not to be confused with the previous word, ombre is the definition of a popular hair coloring trend in which the bottom half of the hair is colored lighter or brighter than the color of the roots. Although there have been some “bad ombres” to surface since the hair-trend first popped up, this word is not what Trump was referring to when he discussed his immigration policy and said, “We have some bad hombres, and we’re going to get them out.” Or was he?
Bigly: Believe it or not, bigly is actually a word. However, it may not be the term Trump has been using in debates. He’s actually been saying “big league,” but because he “swallows the final g in league” it’s not always clear. Lexicographer Kory Stamper confirmed to the The Hollywood Reporter that the term bigly – which originated around 1400 – has two meanings: The first definition means “with great force or violent or strongly” while the second definition refers to “boastfully, haughtily or proudly.”
Trumpery: This term is normally associated with the facts, stats and other statements the Republican candidate makes during his speaking engagements, but the meaning of trumpery – according to Merriam-Webster – literally means worthless nonsense, trivial or useless articles.
Nasty: There are a few ways to define the word nasty, according to Merriam-Webster. The term can be used to describe a very unpleasant sight, smell or taste, or it could mean indecent and offensive. When Trump referred to Clinton as a “nasty woman” during the final presidential debate he could have been also calling her unpleasant and unkind, which is also a definition of the word nasty.