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Merriam-Webster's Twitter Trolls Trump Defender

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 July 2019 03:52 PM

Merriam-Webster's Twitter account jumped in on the resistance to President Donald Trump's "don't like U.S., go back" remarks, trolling Fox News' Brit Hume for not reading more than one entry for its definition of racism.

The dictionary's Twitter took apparent offense to Hume's quoting it in his "standard definition of racism" after saying President Trump's remarks did not fit the definition of racism:

"Many of our entries have helpful usage notes if you scroll farther than the first definition."

The post linked to a statement saying quoting the dictionary is "not always well suited for settling disputes" – while suggesting to use more quotes from its racism entry.

"Dictionaries are often treated as the final arbiter in arguments over a word's meaning, but they are not always well suited for settling disputes," it read. "The lexicographer's role is to explain how words are (or have been) actually used, not how some may feel that they should be used, and they say nothing about the intrinsic nature of the thing named by a word, much less the significance it may have for individuals.

"When discussing concepts like racism, therefore, it is prudent to recognize that quoting from a dictionary is unlikely to either mollify or persuade the person with whom one is arguing."

Hume inspired Merriam-Webster with this tweet:

"Trump's 'go back' comments were nativist, xenophobic, counterfactul and politically stupid. But they simply do not meet the standard definition of racist, a word so recklessly flung around these days that its actual meaning is being lost."

Then adding, while linking the Merriam-Webster's definition 1 of racism:

"For those who asked what is my standard definition of racism, here is an answer: Note definition 1."

The House is now pursuing a resolution to condemn President Trump's comment as racist, sponsored by freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J.

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Merriam-Webster's Twitter account jumped in on the resistance to President Donald Trump's "don't like U.S., go back" remarks, trolling Fox News' Brit Hume for not reading more than one entry for its definition of racism.
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