Donald Trump Is Saying "Big League," Not "Bigly"

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Campaign spokeswoman clears up the confusion.

Ever since Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring for the White House, he has been using a word that hits the ear wrong for a portion of listeners. And that word is "bigly." 

However, it turns out that is not what the GOP presidential nominee has actually been saying. 

Hope Hicks, spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, told The New York Times over the weekend that Trump is saying "big league." 

Trump uses the phrase often when he is talking about the large amount of work he will put into a certain project or policy. 

Still, the phrase — which when Trump says it runs together to sound like "bigly," an actual word — has caused some experts to look into the matter. 

Susan Lin, a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, performed an audio analysis on Trump and said her findings “demonstrate definitively that at least in this utterance, which is from the very first presidential debate, there are three of the acoustic cues that would indicate to me a ‘G’ was produced at the end of this," according to The Times

After this first debate, Trump's son, Eric, also insisted his dad was saying "big league."