Merriam-Webster Dictionary just demolished the Trump administration through its Twitter feed, taking senior adviser Kellyanne Conway to task for saying that press secretary Sean Spicer was offering up “alternative facts” about the crowd size at the inauguration.
“A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality,” the dictionary company said in a tweet that links to a Merriam-Webster post after lookups for the word “fact” spiked following Conway’s comment.
Conway told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday morning that Spicer was offering “alternative facts” when he told reporters Saturday night during an impromptu briefing that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” (Aerial footage and Metro ridership statistics show that attendance was down significantly from President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.)
“Alternative facts are not facts,” Todd responded. “They’re falsehoods.”
Merriam-Webster also noted on Twitter on Sunday that the word “feminism” was getting a lot of attention in the wake of the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. However, “our #1 lookup is ‘fascism’, which has been trending consistently for the past few months. We report trends when they’re new,” the company wrote.