Merriam-Webster: Searches of 'hombre' spiked 120,000% during the debate

This election cycle may have some people feeling down about their choices, but the good news is, people are expanding their vocabulary and their playlists.

"Lookups for the word ‘hombre’ immediately shot up 120,000 percent after Donald Trump said ‘We have some bad hombres here,’ and peaked at 150,000 percent over average during the debate," according to the online dictionary Merriam-Webster.

Trump seemed to use the word “swatch” rather than “swath” for the phrase “vast swathes of land," which sent lookups for “swatch” up 34,100 percent.

Lookups for “debunk” went up 6,600 percent after both Clinton and Trump used it to defend their records. Clinton said some of the accusations leveled against her by Trump had “been debunked numerous times.”

And Trump said that accusations of sexual misconduct against him “have been largely debunked.”

Dictionary.com had the same words and more on the list it released of spikes in word searches. Here's their full list:

•abortion

•amnesty

•anemic

•big league

•bigly

•cavalier

•condemn

•costed

•debunk

•delusional

•denigrate

•divisiveness

•dramatic irony

•espionage

•fairer

•hombre

•hypocrite

•indubitably

•lie

•loophole

•Mosul
•ombre

•pro-life

•racketeering

•regime

•rigged

•scare rhetoric

•stupid

•stupider

•stupidest

•substantive

•Supreme Court

•swatch

•swath

•swathe

•tremendous

•Trojan horse

•Vetting

But it wasn’t just vocabulary people were looking for. After Trump called Clinton a “nasty woman” Spotify noticed that streams of the song “Nasty” had increased.

 

 


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