Bigly?

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© Judi Birnberg  My Bigliest Painting

If you were among the 84 million people who watched Monday night’s presidential debate, you might have sat up straighter in your seat when Donald Trump announced, “I’m going to cut taxes bigly.” My posture suddenly improved as I yelped, “BIGLY?” Perhaps, as many now think, he meant to say “big league.” But he didn’t say that.

I then joined the  zillions of people googling “bigly” and discovered that it is, according to Kory Stamper, a linguist with Merriam-Webster, a word that dates to approximately 1400, when it was used to mean “with great force” or “boastfully.” Then “bigly” disappeared for a very long time, only to be curiously resurrected this past  Monday night.

I started thinking: If we do something “grandly,” “spaciously,” minutely,” or “microscopically,” then we could do something bigly. If we wanted to. I don’t want to. How about you?

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7 responses to “Bigly?

  1. “Bigly” has been used by Trump at rallies for a year, and it has become popular on right-wing web sites. It’s also “New York speak” among the less well-educated there.

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  2. Janet Papkin

    This painting is gorgeorgeous (don’t look that up!).

    Really…I wish I could look closer. Is this the latest one you were describing?

    The palette makes me think of frescoes, which I truly love.

    xo Janet

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  3. Lorraine Gordon

    To answer your last question…I don’t want to do anything that he does, bigly or smally. He’s a vile, despicable, obnoxious piece of shit. I can’t stand to look at him or listen to him. I’m only telling you this because I’m pretty sure you agree. In my office they’re all Trumpsters. Ew.

    xo

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  4. Roe Wiles

    I bigly abhor the man. Loved this blog post.

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  5. Roe Wiles

    Piggly Wiggly bigly

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  6. I want to assure Trump does not become president in a bigly way.

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