Merriam-Webster — yes, the dictionary — mindfully trolls Kellyanne Conway for her “alternative facts”

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One of the great Twitter follows of 2016 was Merriam-Webster. Yes, the dictionary. The person behind the account was smart, funny, witty and edgy throughout the presidential campaign.

The dictionary’s account even served as something of a watchdog during one of, if not the craziest presidential campaigns in U.S. history. And now that the 45th president has been sworn in, the dictionary is proving it isn’t going anywhere on Twitter. On Sunday, it seized upon the eye-opening introduction of the term “alternative facts” by President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Merriam-Webster decided it was time for a refresher course regarding exactly what a “fact” is. So it tweeted:

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The introduction of “alternative facts” came about after Trump press secretary Sean Spicer, during his first official press conference, scolded the media for its reporting on the size of the crowd at Friday’s inauguration. Conway, on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning, defended Spicer by suggesting he was putting forth “alternate facts” despite actual video and aerial pictures proving the initial facts of the crowd size to be, well, factual.

Conway said to “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd: “You’re saying it’s a falsehood … and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts.”

Todd seemed taken aback by the odd phrase and pressed Conway on her “alternative facts” comment, telling her that alternate facts are actually called “falsehoods.”
“Wait a minute, alternative facts?” Todd said. “Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.”
No doubt, the person at the controls of the Merriam-Webster Twitter handle will continue to have their ears open and their fingers ready.

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