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Trump ends debate on ‘bigly’ vs. ‘big league’

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is putting to rest the idea that he uses the word “bigly” in conversation or on the campaign trail.

“We’ve been seeing on social media, we’ve been seeing it in The New York Times, in USA Today, are you saying ‘bigly’ or ‘big league’?” host Raymond Arroyo asked Trump on the Catholic Eternal World Television Network’s “The World Over” Thursday.

{mosads}“My guess is within, so there’s money riding on this,” Arroyo added, hiding his answer on a notecard. “When you’re speaking on the podium, you say, ‘This is —?’”

“I use ‘big league,’ ” Trump responded.

“I was right,” Arroyo said. “You’ve settled it.”

“Bigly” became the top-trending word on Google during the early stages of last week’s third and final 2016 presidential debate.

Trump often employs the phrase “big league” to describe his plans or a particular measure of success or difference, though it often sounds as though he’s deploying “bigly,” an obscure word that does appear in some dictionaries. 

Social media users have longed voiced confusion over the term due to Trump’s accent and inflection.

Donald Trump Jr. also clarified last month his father prefers “big league” as his go-to adverb.

“For the record he’s saying ‘BIG LEAGUE,’ ” Trump Jr. wrote on Instagram Sept. 17. “But I like ‘bigly’ too. Maybe we need to call Webster’s.”

Updated at 12:23 p.m.

Tags campaigns catchphrases Donald Trump Politics Republicans

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