Trump’s ‘bigly’ makes annual list of banished words

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One of President-elect Donald Trump’s favorite words is getting banned in 2017.

“Bigly” is part of Lake Superior State University’s annual list of banished words for the new year.

“Did the candidate say ‘big league’ or utter this 19th-Century word that means, in a swelling blustering manner? Who cares? Kick it out of the echo chamber!” the school wrote.


Trump often seemed to use the word “bigly” on the campaign trail throughout his White House bid.

But Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, told The New York Times in October that Trump had been saying “big league,” not “bigly.”

Lake Superior State considers words for its banishment list that are misused, overused or considered generally useless, according to the school.

Other selections for this year’s list include “You, sir,” “Town Hall meeting,” “post-truth,” “guesstimate,” and “echo chamber.”

Lake Superior’s then-public relations director W.T. “Bill” Rabe first came up with the word-banishment list at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975 and published it the next day, receiving international acclaim.

“The list has consisted entirely of nominations received from around the world throughout the year,” the school website writes.

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