Just when we thought that our love for the Merriam-Webster Twitter account couldn’t grow any stronger, we were proven wrong.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, made headlines over the weekend when she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s statements that Trump’s swearing-in ceremony was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.” Despite photos and the numbers to prove otherwise, Spicer was adamant with his claim.
On Sunday morning, Conway appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, and, when Chuck Todd asked her about Sean Spicer’s falsehoods, she only added fuel to the fire by defending his statements with a claim that doesn’t make much sense at all. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving -- Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that,” she responded, causing Chuck Todd and viewers alike to scratch their heads in confusion. As Todd countered, “Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.”
It didn’t take long for fans to jump on Twitter to share their reactions, all of which were filled with both humor and concern. In fact, the Twitter trend #AlternativeFacts is still being used. (If you want a good laugh, we’d definitely recommend venturing into the hashtag.) But the Merriam-Webster Twitter account outshone them all when they tweeted a response that schooled Conway and all those who believe in “alternative facts.”
“A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality,” the account tweeted Sunday, linking to a trending topic page about the statement. The tweet quickly gained momentum, and people took notice, with Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo News, and more reporting on it.
?A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017
For a dictionary -- and, let’s be honest, dictionaries are pretty bland -- the Merriam-Webster Twitter account is making us reconsider our distaste for a book full of words.