President Donald Trump’s photo is now literally next to the definition for ‘dotard’ in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster revealed on Tuesday that ‘feminism’ is the dictionary’s word of the year, after nine other highly searched words which were greatly used by the Trump administration. The words are: ‘complicit’, recuse’, ‘empathy’, ‘dotard’, ‘syzygy’, ‘gyro’, ‘federalism’, ‘hurricane’ and ‘gaffe’.
Webster stated that look-ups for feminism were ignited during news coverage of the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. as a reaction to Trump’s inauguration. Another spike took place when Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway stated she doesn’t consider herself a feminist, and the word got extra boosts from The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu and Warner Bros.’ release of Wonder Woman.
Regarding dotard, Kim Jong Un called Trump ‘a mentally deranged U.S. dotard’. The term means a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.’ In non-Trump-related terms, the Oscars gaffe ignited interest in the word earlier in the year. Announcer Faye Dunaway was handed the wrong envelope at the Academy Awards ceremony and accidentally announced the winner as La La Land as the winner for Best Picture but the mistake was rectified fast and Moonlight was announced as the winner – a gaffe!