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for questions that specifically ask about the meaning, or the origin of expressions, attributed to or used by the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.

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Is “going loco” a common AmE expression?

The title of the following article posted today by CNBC uses the expression going loco with quotation marks. "Trump doubles down on Fed attacks, saying it’s ‘going loco’" (Video from CNN at 0:46) ...
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“Hearts and prayers”: eggcorn/malapropism?

I've recently seen a phrasing that I don't think I've ever heard before. But that is often a sign more of consciousness rather than evidence. The phrase is: hearts and prayers. There are similar ...
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I always put justice now with quotes

President Trump said "I always put justice now with quotes" -CNN What does that mean?
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A question about one point of Donald Trump’s speech at Helsinki

At his recent Helsinki summit, while reading from a prepared, written speech, Donald Trump said during his opening remarks and then later tweeted, quoting himself: I would rather take a political ...
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What does “artificial tariffs” mean?

In a tweet, President Donald Trump wrote @realDonaldTrump June 24, 2018 The United States is insisting that all countries that have placed artificial Trade Barriers and Tariffs on goods going ...
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What did Trump mean when he said that the US is like a “piggy bank”?

Trump's statement at the G7 summit on June 9, 2018: “It’s going to stop,” he said, “or we’ll stop trading with them. And that’s a very profitable answer, if we have to do it.” He added, “We’re ...
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Is there an established adjectival form of (Donald) Trump?

We are now one year and a half into President Trump’s mandate and his name has international resonance every day, often more times a day. I wonder if an adjectival form has or is becoming more common ...
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Why does President Trump add a second comma in this sentence to Kim Jong Un?

In the President's letter to Kim Jong Un, I noticed a comma which confused me : I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters....
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“Be Best” - is the grammar right?

On May 7th 2018, Melania Trump unveiled her new First Lady platform and the slogan for the campaign is Be Best. The aim would be to focus on physical, social and emotional health, she said. (source) ...
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What does the phrase “lowest rated in history” mean? [closed]

Does it mean the RATINGS or QUALITY being the lowest ever? Edit: Some context here - two days after the show aired, Trump tweeted - Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars ...
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Is Trump's 'cracked up' expression a special AmE version of the idiom?

The British Press have pointedly made reference to Mr Trump's quote : "I think I would have said that the European Union is not cracked up to what it’s supposed to be," What would have been ...
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Trump's use of “our” when “the” would do

Mr. Trump and his spokesperson seem to favor the word OUR, as in our great military or our nation when THE nation might do. Is there a signal or purpose for this usage?
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Is D-glottalization a plausible explanation of ambiguity in Donald Trump interview with WSJ?

On Jan 11, The Wall Street Journal published an interview with President Trump that contained the following phrase: With that being said, President Xi has been extremely generous with what he’s ...
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meaning of Trump's “stable genius”

President Trumps wrote he is a "stable genius". According to my dictionary research, "stable" could mean: resistant to change not showing erratic emotions. So does Trump mean that he is "a genius, ...
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How do you parse Trump's Tweet?

Trump recently tweeted: ...peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the ...
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Meaning of “on many sides” in statement

Donald Trump recently said, "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides..." Most if not all news outlets ...
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What did President Trump mean by “crusty voice”?

Trump recently referred to John McCain as a "crusty voice in Washington." "I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him. He's a crusty voice in Washington, plus we ...
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What does “covfefe” exactly mean?

The Washington Post (May 31, 2017) reports that “[President] Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ ” in his tweet: MORNING MIX: Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ in garbled midnight tweet ...
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What does “big league” in President Trump’s remarks mean? Is it common to use “big league” in English as an adjective or adverb?

I was drawn to the usage of the word, “big league” in Mr. Trump’s remarks in his press conference held on February 16, where he told; “So we've begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare, and ...
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What does Donald Trump mean by “bigly”?

The Presidential candidate seems to have resurrected the adverb bigly, the most recent example of which that the OED is able to quote being from 1927. I am, though just wondering in which sense he ...
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Does the phrase “locker room talk” have precedent?

A video from 2005 (transcript) was recently released wherein Donald Trump made vulgar comments about women. In his effort to downplay/apologize for his remarks, he has repeatedly labeled his comments ...
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What does Donald Trump's: …it was time to “turn them in”… mean?

The Washington Post (June 13) reports that Mr. Donald Trump told “It was time to turn them in” on Fox News in the article under the title, “Trump just faced his first big leadership test. He failed ...
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Tweets ending with a sentence fragment. What happened? [closed]

I've been active on Twitter for many years, but recently something strange has been happening, and I don't mean suspicious, but something I can't explain, you see, people have been writing tweets and ...